When God Took Sides: Religion and Identity in Irish History

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The struggle between Catholic and Protestant has shaped Irish history since the Reformation. But how do Catholics and Protestants see each other? And how do they view their own communities and what these communities stand for? Tracing the history of religious identities in Ireland over the last three centuries, Marianne Elliott argues that these two questions are inextricably linked and that the identity of both Catholics and Protestants is shaped by the way that each community views the other. Cutting through the layers of myths, lies, and half-truths that make up the vision that Catholics and Protestants have of each other, she looks at how mutual religious stereotypes were developed over the centuries, how they were perpetuated and entrenched, and how they have defined modern identities and shaped Ireland's historical destiny, from the independence struggle and partition to the Troubles of the last four decades. Written by one of the leading Irish historians, When God Took Sides offers an engagingly written and original account of the religious tensions that have plagued Irish history.

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"Marianne Elliott combines historical understanding with a hands-on involvement in the process that led to peace in Ireland. The result is a book that is challenging, illuminating, and that sheds light on other situations of sectarian, religious, or ethnic tension beyond the Irish case."—Senator George J. Mitchell, U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East and former Chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199206933
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/23/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Elliott is Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University. Her previous books include the best-selling Catholics of Ulster and Wolfe Tone.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Irish Christians Again
Chapter 2 Irishness at the altar
Chapter 3 Protestantism and the Spectre of Popery
Chapter 4 The Church of Ireland as Establishment
Chapter 5 The' Outlanders' of Ulster
Chapter 6 Persecution in Catholic Traditions
Chapter 7 The Poor will always be with Us. The Poor will always be Catholic
Chapter 8 'Beached': religious minorities in post-partition Ireland
1. Irish Christians Again
2. Irishness at the altar
3. Protestantism and the Spectre of Popery
4. The Church of Ireland as Establishment
5. The' Outlanders' of Ulster
6. Persecution in Catholic Traditions
7. The Poor will always be with Us. The Poor will always be Catholic
8. 'Beached': religious minorities in post-partition Ireland

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