When God Took Sides: Religion and Identity in Irish History

Hardcover | October 24, 2009

byMarianne Elliott

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The struggle between Catholic and Protestant has shaped Irish history since the Reformation, with tragic consequences up to the present day. But how do Catholics and Protestants in Ireland 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 identitiesand shaped Ireland's historical destiny, from the independence struggle and partition to the Troubles of the last four decades.

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The struggle between Catholic and Protestant has shaped Irish history since the Reformation, with tragic consequences up to the present day. But how do Catholics and Protestants in Ireland see each other? And how do they view their own communities and what these communities stand for? Tracing the history of religious identities in Irel...

Marianne Elliott was born and brought up in Northern Ireland. She is currently Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University in the United Kingdom, where her expertise inspires major research and teaching programmes on Ireland, conflict and reconciliation. She has published a number of acclaimed books, most notabl...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:October 24, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199206937

ISBN - 13:9780199206933

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Foreword1. Irish Christians Again2. Irishness at the altar3. Protestantism and the Spectre of Popery4. The Church of Ireland as Establishment5. The' Outlanders' of Ulster6. Persecution in Catholic Traditions7. The Poor will always be with Us. The Poor will always be Catholic8. 'Beached': religious minorities in post-partition IrelandAfterwordIndex