Irish Popular Culture, 1650-1850

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From the study of popular culture in Britain and on the European continent have come many of the most exciting and rewarding historical works of our time. Our knowledge of this aspect of the Irish past has not kept pace. The nine (original) essays collected in this volume seek to help remedy the relative scholarly neglect of developments in Irish popular culture during the two centuries between the Cromwellian reconquest and the Great Famine.
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Nine original essays begin to remedy the general scholarly neglect of popular culture in the country from the Cromwellian reconquest to the Great Famine. Historians based in Ireland, North America, and Britain look at such matters as the rise of the pub, popular and unpopular religion, Catholic middlemen as an underground gentry, the Merry Wake, and hedge schools. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716527121
  • Publisher: Irish Academic Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 60.00 (w) x 90.00 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Editors and Contributors
1 'Ag Deanamh Commanding': Elite Responses to Popular Culture, 1660-1850 1
2 Popular and Unpopular Religion: A View from Early Modern Ireland 30
3 The Rise of the Pub: A Study in the Disciplining of Popular Culture 50
4 The Irish Rogues 78
5 Swine-Tax and Eat-Him-All-Magee: The Hedge Schools and Popular Education in Ireland 97
6 An Underground Gentry? Catholic Middlemen in Eighteenth-Century Ireland 118
7 The 'Merry Wake' 173
8 The Pattern 201
9 The Lost World of Andrew Johnston: Sectarianism, Social Conflict, and Cultural Change in Southern Ireland during the Pre-Famine Era 222
10 Nationalism without Words: Symbolism and Ritual Behaviour in the Repeal 'Monster Meetings' of 1843-5 242
Index 271
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