An Atlas of Irish History by Dudley Edwards

By Dudley Edwards

Combining over a hundred superbly crafted maps, charts and graphs with a story choked with proof and knowledge, An Atlas of Irish background presents assurance of the most political, army, fiscal, spiritual and social adjustments that experience happened in eire and one of the Irish out of the country during the last millennia. Ruth Dudley Edwards and Bridget Hourican use the combo of thematic narrative and visible aids to check and illustrate concerns comparable to: the Viking invasions of eire the Irish in Britain pre- and post-famine agriculture inhabitants switch twentieth-century political affiliations. This 3rd variation has been comprehensively revised and up to date to incorporate assurance of the numerous alterations that experience happened in eire and between its humans out of the country. taking into account the most concerns that experience built considering 1981, and including a few new maps and graphs, this new version additionally contains an informative and unique part at the problems which were a characteristic of Irish lifestyles because 1969. An Atlas of Irish background is a useful source for college kids of Irish background and politics and the final reader alike.

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By the mid-1780s, however, their influence was on the wane and they ceased to be a significant force in Irish politics. In the early 1790s, alarmed by the French Revolution, fearing foreign invasion but unwilling to risk a resurgence of Volunteer activity, the government determined to set up a proper militia. The force had a proposed complement of 16,000, and was virtually fulltime, being composed mainly of Irish peasants and artisans, although there was a significant number of English non-commissioned officers.

The Stuart–Orange war is of particular contemporary interest in Ireland: the siege of Londonderry and the battle of the Boyne have a present-day significance enjoyed by no other Irish military encounters. They have been re-fought in the streets of Belfast and Derry in every clash between Catholic and Protestant; they are symbolized in every Orange parade. 18 THE IRISH MILITIA After the defeat of the Jacobites in 1691, there was little appetite in Ireland for active resistance. The military-minded left the country to fight in foreign armies: it is estimated that at least half a million Irishmen joined the French army alone between 1691 and 1791.

Although their plans to take Dublin failed, there was widespread revolt in Leinster and a takeover of the whole province of Ulster. The resulting bloodshed and destruction were considerable, although subsequently exaggerated out of all proportion by the Dublin government for propaganda purposes. The government responded with panic and incompetence; although it was promised reinforcements by the English parliament, the timescale was too long to enable it to take effective action. By December 1641 many of the Old English, despising the inept administration and conscious of being viewed as disloyal because of their religion, joined with the Irish rebels, from whom they had secured a declaration of loyalty to the crown.

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