The plantation of Ulster: Ideology and practice

The plantation of Ulster: Ideology and practice

The plantation of Ulster: Ideology and practice

The plantation of Ulster: Ideology and practice


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This book is the first major academic study of the Ulster Plantation in over 25 years. The pivotal importance of the Plantation to the shared histories of Ireland and Britain would be difficult to overstate. It helped secure the English conquest of Ireland, and dramatically transformed Ireland's physical, demographic, socio-economic, political, military, religious and cultural landscapes. In effect, the Plantation became the City of London's and England's first successful attempt at empire, providing a template for future colonial expansion in the Americas, the Caribbean and the Indian sub-continent. Moreover, the plantation's historical, political, cultural, environmental and visual legacies impacted heavily on developments in both Ireland and Britain for 400 years and continue to do so today.Indeed, those legacies are still contested to this day. The divisions between the descendants of the native and settler communities continue to underpin Irish and British politics. As the
Peace Process evolves and the violence of the previous forty years begins to recede into memory, vital space has been created for a timely reappraisal of the plantation process and its role in identity formation within Ulster, Ireland and beyond. This collection of essays by leading scholars in the field on a broad range of historical and literary topics offers an important redress in terms of the previous coverage of the plantations, moving away from an exclusive colonial perspective, to include the native Catholic experience, and in so doing will hopefully stimulate further research into this crucial episode in Irish and British history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719086083
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Series: Studies in Early Modern Irish History
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Micheál Ó Siochrú is Associate Professor of History at Trinity College, Dublin

Éamonn Ó Ciardha is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Ulster

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Micheál Ó Siochrú and Éamonn Ó Ciardha - The plantation of Ulster: ideas and ideologies

2. Jenny Wormald - 'The 'British' Crown, the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster'

3. Martin MacGregor - 'Civilizing' Gaelic Scotland: The Scottish Isles and the Stuart Empire'

4. Philip Withington - 'Plantation and Civil Society'

5. Ian Archer - 'The City of London and the Ulster Plantation'

6. Raymond Gillespie - 'Success and failure in The Ulster Plantation'

7. Brian MacCuarta - 'The Catholic Church in Ulster under the Plantation, 1609-42'

8. Colin Breen - 'Randal MacDonnell and early Seventeenth-Century Settlement in Northeast Ulster, 1603-30'

9. Andrew Hadfield - 'Educating the Colonial Mind: Spenser and the Plantation'

10. Marc Caball - 'Responses to transformation: Gaelic poets and the plantation of Ulster'

11. Diarmuid Ó Doibhlin - 'The Plantation of Ulster: Aspects of Gaelic Letters'

12. Willy Maley - 'Angling for Ulster: Ireland and plantation in Jacobean literature'

13. Nicholas McDowell - 'The Scottish inhabitants of that Province are actually revolted': John Milton on the failure of the Ulster Plantation'


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