The Cambridge History of Ireland
volume III, 1730-1880

Edited by James Kelly
Cambridge University Press, 2018, xxiv + 851 pp.

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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.

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Contents

Introduction: 'Interpreting Late Early Modern Ireland', James Kelly
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, 1791–1815', Thomas Bartlett
4. 'The Impact of O’Connell, 1815–1850', Patrick M. Geoghegan
5. 'Popular Politics, 1815–1845', Maura Cronin
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, c.1730–c.1880', Sarah-Anne Buckley
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
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 Ní Mhunghaile
16. 'Art and Architecture in the Long Eighteenth Century', Christine Casey
17. 'Civil Society, c.1700–c.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
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
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