The Shadow Of A Year: The 1641 Rebellion In Irish History And Memory by John GibneyThe Shadow Of A Year: The 1641 Rebellion In Irish History And Memory by John Gibney

The Shadow Of A Year: The 1641 Rebellion In Irish History And Memory

byJohn Gibney

Paperback | February 15, 2013

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In October 1641 a rebellion broke out in Ireland. Dispossessed Irish Catholics rose up against British Protestant settlers whom they held responsible for their plight. This uprising, the first significant sectarian rebellion in Irish history, gave rise to a decade of war that would culminate in the brutal re-conquest of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell. It also set in motion one of the most enduring and acrimonious debates in Irish history.
    Was the 1641 rebellion a justified response to dispossession and repression? Or was it an unprovoked attempt at sectarian genocide? John Gibney comprehensively examines three centuries of this debate. The struggle to establish and interpret the facts of the past was also a struggle over the present: if Protestants had been slaughtered by vicious Catholics, this provided an ideal justification for maintaining Protestant privilege. If, on the other hand, Protestant propaganda had inflated a few deaths into a vast and brutal “massacre,” this justification was groundless.
    Gibney shows how politicians, historians, and polemicists have represented (and misrepresented) 1641 over the centuries, making a sectarian understanding of Irish history the dominant paradigm in the consciousness of the Irish Protestant and Catholic communities alike.
John Gibney earned his doctorate in history at Trinity College Dublin and is author of Ireland and the Popish Plot. A guide for the popular Historical Walking Tours of Dublin offered by Historical Insights Ireland, he is a frequent contributor to History Ireland magazine and scholarly journals. He has been a research fellow at the Univ...
Title:The Shadow Of A Year: The 1641 Rebellion In Irish History And MemoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:February 15, 2013Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 "The Sad Story of our Miseries": Protestant Interpretations of the Rebellion, c. 1641–c. 1840
2 "The Naked Truth of this Tragical History": Catholic Interpretations of the Rising, c. 1641–c. 1865
3 "Historical Facts" and "Stupendous Falsehoods": An Irish Insurrection at the Limits of Scholarship, c. 1865–c. 1965

Editorial Reviews

“Gibney’s work is deeply researched, well documented, and extremely well written.  It will be a valuable resource for lay readers, scholars, and students. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW