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New PDF release: ‘And so began the Irish Nation’: Nationality, National

By Brendan Bradshaw

Nationalism is a very slippery topic to outline and comprehend, relatively whilst utilized to early smooth Europe. during this number of essays, Brendan Bradshaw presents an perception into how strategies of ’nationalism’ and ’national identification’ may be understood and utilized to pre-modern eire. Drawing upon a range of his so much provocative and pioneering essays, including 3 completely new items, the bounds and contexts of Irish nationalism are explored and its impression on either early smooth society and later generations, tested. the gathering displays specially upon the emergence of nationwide attention in eire in the course of a calamitous interval whilst the late-medieval, undeveloped feel of a collective id turned suffused with patriotic sentiment and purchased a political area certain up with notions of nationwide sovereignty and consultant self-government. the quantity opens with a dialogue of the old tools hired, and a longer introductory essay tracing the historical past of nationwide awareness in eire from its first beginnings as recorded within the poetry of the early Christian Church to its early-modern flowering, which supplies the context for the case reports addressed within the next chapters. those diversity throughout a wealth of topics, together with comparisons of Tudor Wales and eire, Irish reactions to the ’Westward Enterprise’, the Ulster emerging of 1641, the Elizabethans and the Irish, and the 2 sieges of Limerick. the quantity concludes with a transcription and dialogue of ’A Treatise for the Reformation of eire, 1554-5’. the results of a lifetime’s research, this quantity deals a wealthy and worthwhile trip via a turbulent but interesting interval of Irish heritage, not just illuminating political and non secular advancements inside eire, but additionally how those affected occasions around the British Isles and beyond.

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