A Military History of Ireland / Edition 1

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This fully-illustrated collaborative volume deals with all aspects of Irish military history, but especially the relationship between armies and soldiers in Ireland with Irish society in general. It covers Irish soldiers, armies and battles in eighteen clearly-organized chronological chapters, ranging from the middle of the first millennium AD to modern times. As a whole it brings a new and exciting dimension to Irish military history, that has concentrated hitherto on battles and tactics. The text is illustrated throughout by over 120 pictures and maps.

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"...[a] valuable first comprehensive "military history" of Ireland....[it] works remarkably well on a number of levels. It is, for example, rich in human-interest detail and anecdotes that will surprise and delight even specialist historians. In a more thematic way, the book succeeds also in being a braod, thousand-year history of the military in Ireland. Thirdly, because so much of Ireland's history has been one of conflict and coercion, the book also can be read profitably as a general history of Ireland. A variety of readers—professor, student, or general public—will find much to enjoy and learn in this very readable volume." Irish Literary Supplement

"The essays are written by recognized scholars who are authorities on the times and topics . . . This titles should be part of any academic collection." —Library Journal

In a new and well-researched book, authors Thomas Bartlett and Keith Jeffrey have written what will become the definitive history in regards to the Irish in the military....'We have had an extraordinary military history', wrote Hayes-McCoy and the chapters in this superb book confirm this. Highly recommeded and engrossing reading." Robert Lynn, Vet Outlook

"Because the significance of Ireland's military past extends far beyond the country's shores, this study holds importance for military historians working in fields other than Irish history....individually each essay displays a consistently high quality of research and analysis, making important contributions to its given topic. Together these essays successfully complement one another, providing the most comprehensive study of the military affairs of Ireland's past to date. The bibliography, which contains over 750 items, is the most thorough listing of works on Irish military history available. Not only is this an essential reference for Ireland's military past, it also represents an important contribution to military history in general." Journal of Military History

"This large, handsomely produced volume ranges from the Middle Ages to the present day, probing the experience of a small country that has witnessed chronic warfare at home and sent its sons in large numbers to wage it elswhere....This is, in short, a comprehensive and engrossing study, of interest not only to students of the history of Britain's former empire, but of military culture in general." Foreign Affairs

"Not only is this an essential reference for Ireland's military past, it also represents an important contribution to military history in general." Journal of Military History

"...the Bartlett and Jeffery volume goes far in filling the gaps in Irish historiography....the volume is well integrated....The authors and editors are to be commended for not focusing excessively on episodes of intense military activity....they and the other contributors have produced a work that is likely to stand for many years as the standard general reference on Irish military history." Paul E. Kopperman, Albion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521629898
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of maps; List of tables; List of contributors; Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations used in notes; 1. An Irish military tradition? Thomas Bartlett and Keith Jeffery; 2. Irish warfare before 1100 T. M. Charles-Edwards; 3. Irish and Anglo-Norman warfare in twelfth-century Ireland Marie Therese Flanagan; 4. The defence of the English lordship, 1250–1450 Robin Frame; 5. Gaelic warfare in the middle ages Katharine Simms; 6. The Tudors and the origins of the modern Irish states: a standing army Steven G. Ellis; 7. The captains' games: army and society in Elizabethan Ireland Ciaran Brady; 8. The wars of religion, 1603–1660 Jane H. Ohlmeyer; 9. The Williamite war, 1689–1691 John Childs; 10. The Irish military establishment 1660–1776 Alan J. Guy; 11. The defence of Protestant Ireland, 1660–1760 S. J. Connolly; 12. Defence, counter-insurgency and rebellion: Ireland, 1793–1803 Thomas Bartlett; 13. Irish soldiers abroad, 1600–1800 Harman Murtagh; 14. Non-professional soldiery, c. 1600–1800 David W. Miller; 15. Army organisation and society in the nineteenth century E. M. Spiers; 16. The army and law and order in the nineteenth century Virginia Crossman; 17. Militarism in Ireland, 1900–1922 David Fitzpatrick; 18. The army in independent Ireland Eunan O'Halpin; 19. The British army and Ireland since 1922 Keith Jeffery; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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