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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

The 'Mere Irish' and the Colonisation of Ulster, 1570-1641

Authors: Farrell, Gerard

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  • Unique in its exploration of the native Irish experience, offering new interpretations of English primary source material to uncover the native perspective
  • Compares the colonisation of Ulster with the establishment of British colonies in Virginia and New England during the same period
  • Challenges previously held views about this peaceful colonisation, instead demonstrating how building resentment from the Irish led to the 1641 rising
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This book examines the native Irish experience of conquest and colonisation in Ulster in the first decades of the seventeenth century. Central to this argument is that the Ulster plantation bears more comparisons to European expansion throughout the Atlantic than (as some historians have argued) the early-modern state’s consolidation of control over its peripheral territories. Farrell also demonstrates that plantation Ulster did not see any significant attempt to transform the Irish culturally or economically in these years, notwithstanding the rhetoric of a ‘civilising mission’. Challenging recent scholarship on the integrative aspects of plantation society, he argues that this emphasis obscures the antagonism which characterised relations between native and newcomer until the eve of the 1641 rising. This book is of interest not only to students of early-modern Ireland but is also a valuable contribution to the burgeoning field of Atlantic history and indeed colonial studies in general.

About the authors

Gerard Farrell is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where he received his PhD. A latecomer to academia, his former incarnations include freelance writer, musician and assistant nurse.

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“The book is intensively researched and its well-wrought argument is compelling and convincing ... this work provides an enlightening and essential new strand to the discourse of the plantation and will prove indispensable to our understanding and continuing research of the period.” (James O’Neill, History Ireland, July-August, 2018)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59362-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-86607-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The 'Mere Irish' and the Colonisation of Ulster, 1570-1641
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59363-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59363-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59362-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86607-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 331
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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