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By Brendan Bradshaw

Nationalism is a very slippery topic to outline and comprehend, rather while utilized to early glossy Europe. during this selection of essays, Brendan Bradshaw offers an perception into how recommendations of ’nationalism’ and ’national id’ should be understood and utilized to pre-modern eire. Drawing upon a range of his such a lot provocative and pioneering essays, including 3 totally new items, the boundaries and contexts of Irish nationalism are explored and its effect on either early sleek society and later generations, tested. the gathering displays specifically upon the emergence of nationwide recognition in eire in the course of a calamitous interval whilst the late-medieval, undeveloped experience of a collective identification turned suffused with patriotic sentiment and bought a political side sure up with notions of nationwide sovereignty and consultant self-government. the quantity opens with a dialogue of the ancient tools hired, and a longer introductory essay tracing the background of nationwide awareness in eire from its first beginnings as recorded within the poetry of the early Christian Church to its early-modern flowering, which gives the context for the case stories addressed within the next chapters. those variety throughout a wealth of matters, together with comparisons of Tudor Wales and eire, Irish reactions to the ’Westward Enterprise’, the Ulster emerging of 1641, the Elizabethans and the Irish, and the 2 sieges of Limerick. the amount concludes with a transcription and dialogue of ’A Treatise for the Reformation of eire, 1554-5’. the results of a lifetime’s research, this quantity bargains a wealthy and lucrative trip via a turbulent but attention-grabbing interval of Irish historical past, not just illuminating political and spiritual advancements inside of eire, but in addition how those affected occasions around the British Isles and beyond.

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