When God Took Sides: Religion and Identity in Irish History

When God Took Sides: Religion and Identity in Irish History

by Marianne Elliott
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Oxford University Press
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When God Took Sides: Religion and Identity in Irish History

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

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

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