The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was an era of continuity as well as change. Though properly portrayed as the era of 'Protestant Ascendancy' it embraces two phases - the eighteenth century when that ascendancy was at its peak; and the nineteenth century when the Protestant elite sustained a determined rear-guard defence in the face of the emergence of modern Catholic nationalism. Employing a chronology that is not bound by traditional datelines, this volume moves beyond the familiar political narrative to engage with the economy, society, population, emigration, religion, language, state formation, culture, art and architecture, and the Irish abroad. It provides new and original interpretations of a critical phase in the emergence of a modern Ireland that, while focused firmly on the island and its traditions, moves beyond the nationalist narrative of the twentieth century to provide a history of late early modern Ireland for the twenty-first century.
Table of Contents
Introduction: interpreting late early modern Ireland James Kelly; Part I. Politics c.1730–c.1845: 1. Irish Jacobitism, 1691–1790 Vincent Morley; 2. The politics of Protestant Ascendancy, 1730–1790 James Kelly; 3. Ireland during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, 1793–1815 Thomas Bartlett; 4. The impact of O'Connell, 1815–1850 Patrick M. Geoghegan; 5. Popular politics, 1815–1845 Maura Cronin; Part II. Economy and Demography: 6. Society and economy in the long eighteenth century David Dickson; 7. The Irish economy, 1815–1880: agricultural transition, the communications revolution and the limits of industrialisation Andy Bielenberg; 8. Population and emigration, 1730–1845 Brian Gurrin; 9. Women, men and the family, 1730–1880 Sarah-Anne Buckley; Part III. Religion: 10. The Catholic Church and Catholics in an era of sanctions and restraints, 1690–1790 Thomas O'Connor; 11. The re-energising of Catholicism, 1790–1880 Colin Barr; 12. Protestant dissenters, c.1690–1800 Ian McBride; 13. Protestantism in the nineteenth century: revival and crisis Andrew R. Holmes; Part IV. Shaping Society: 14. Language and literacy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Aidan Doyle; 15. Futures past: enlightenment and antiquarianism in the eighteenth century Michael Brown and Lesa Ni Mhunghaile; 16. Art and architecture in the long eighteenth century Christine Casey; 17. Civil society, 1700–1850 Martyn J. Powell; 18. Sport and recreation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries James Kelly; 19. Bourgeois Ireland, or, on the benefits of keeping one's hands clean Ciaran O Neill; 20. The growth of the state in the nineteenth century Virginia Crossman; Part V. The Irish Abroad: 21. The Irish in Europe in the eighteenth century, 1691–1815 Liam Chambers; 22. 'Irish' migration to America in the eighteenth century? Or the strange case for the 'Scots/Irish' Patrick Griffin; 23. Ireland and the empire in the nineteenth century Barry Crosbie; Part VI. The Great Famine and its Aftermath: 24. The Great Famine, 1845–1850 Peter Gray; 25. Irish emigration, c.1845–1900 Kevin Kenny; 26. Post-famine politics, 1850–1879 Douglas Kanter; 27. Afterword Toby Barnard.