Religion, Law, and Power: The Making of Protestant Ireland 1660-1760 / Edition 1

Religion, Law, and Power: The Making of Protestant Ireland 1660-1760 / Edition 1

by S. J. Connolly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198205872

ISBN-13: 9780198205876

Pub. Date: 02/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This is a study of religion, politics, and society in a period of great significance in modern Irish history. The late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries saw the consolidation of the power of the Protestant landed class, the enactment of penal laws against Catholics, and constitutional conflicts that forced Irish Protestants to redefine their ideas of

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This is a study of religion, politics, and society in a period of great significance in modern Irish history. The late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries saw the consolidation of the power of the Protestant landed class, the enactment of penal laws against Catholics, and constitutional conflicts that forced Irish Protestants to redefine their ideas of national identity. Connolly's scholarly and wide-ranging study examines these developments and sets them in their historical context. The Ireland that emerges from his lucid and penetrating analysis was essentially a part of ancien regime Europe: a pre-industrial society in which the dominance of a landed elite depended on maintaining the balance between coercion, deference, and an absence of credible pretenders to power; in which the ties of patronage and clientship were often more important than horizontal bonds of shared economic or social position; and in which religion remained a central part of personal and political motivation.

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ISBN-13:
9780198205876
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.19(h) x 0.84(d)

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