The Making of Irish Colonial Society 1534-1641
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The speed with which the study of early modern Irish history has advanced in the last decade has meant that the range of readily accessible publications has not kept pace with research. Detailed monographs, articles and theses on sixteenth and early seventeenth century Ireland have been written with considerable sophistication and from a variety of perspectives. Consequently a greater awareness of the complexity of the period has developed among scholars, but these new insights have not yet been presented in a manner designed to reach a wider audience. This volume is an attempt to narrow the gap between expert knowledge and more general interest. A number of young historians, specialists in the period, write on topics which are of particular importance. Their essays are not, however, intended to provide a uniform view of early modern Ireland but are designed to supply information on and to open up discussion on a number of key themes in a valuable critical bibliography. It is hoped that this volume will not only contribute to the debate on the remaking of current concepts of early modern Irish history but will also be of value to undergraduates and second level students.