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

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byS. J. Connolly

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This is a study of religion, politics and society in a period of great significance i 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 constitutionalconflicts that forced Irish Protestants to redefine their ideas of national identity. S. J. 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 landedelite depended on maintaining the balance between coercion, defence, 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 ofpersonal and political motivation.

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This is a study of religion, politics and society in a period of great significance i 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 constitutionalconflicts that forced Irish Protestants to r...

Dr Connolly is author of Priests and People in Pre-Famine Ireland 1780-1845 (Gill and MacMillan, Dublin, 1982), and eligion and Society in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, Dundalk, 1985).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:358 pages, 8.03 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'This is an extremely well-organised and comprehensive treatment of its subject matter ... crisp, precise style ... particularly useful as a reference for the hard-pressed undergraduate (or lecturer, for that matter) ... the great merit of this book is the transparency and rigour of its lineof argument which, combined with the impressive organisation of material, will allow readers to draw their own conclusions and construct their own counter-arguments.'Tommy Graham, History Ireland, Spring 1993