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 evidence and knowledge, An Atlas of Irish background offers insurance of the most political, army, financial, non secular and social alterations 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 reminiscent of: the Viking invasions of eire the Irish in Britain pre- and post-famine agriculture inhabitants swap twentieth-century political affiliations. This 3rd variation has been comprehensively revised and up-to-date to incorporate assurance of the various adjustments that experience happened in eire and between its humans in a foreign country. making an allowance for the most concerns that experience constructed because 1981, and including a couple of new maps and graphs, this re-creation additionally contains an informative and particular part at the issues which were a characteristic of Irish lifestyles when you consider that 1969. An Atlas of Irish heritage is a useful source for college students of Irish heritage and politics and the overall reader alike.

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Few, even of his allies, Military developments 41 mourned his death. 15 THE NINE YEARS WAR Queen Elizabeth was determined to Anglicize Ireland and she proceeded steadily throughout her reign towards this objective. By the end of the sixteenth century Leinster, Munster and Connacht had been subdued and the Ulster lords, who had maintained almost total independence over the centuries, began to feel threatened: they were not prepared to see their lands subject to English law and administration and their power reduced.

The worst atrocity was the burning to death of more than 100 government supporters including women and children in a barn at Scullabogue. The beginning of the end came with the battle of Vinegar Hill, where the rebels were defeated (9). In Ulster there were two main risings, neither of which lasted more than a week; in Antrim about 6,000 men were led by McCracken, but they were quickly defeated; in Down Henry Munro led an army of about 7,000 in another unsuccessful action. Both McCracken and Munro were executed.

After the lapsing of the Continental military threats of the 1770s and 1780s, they turned their attention to political reform (30). 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.

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