Conquest and Resistance: War in Seventeenth-Century Ireland

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Pádraig Lenihan
BRILL, Dec 31, 2000 - History - 380 pages
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These ten thematic essays examine the three Irish wars of the seventeenth-century in relation to each other, thereby yielding important comparative insights. The military potential of England and, later, an emergent Britain, was immeasurably greater than that of Irish Catholics. John McGurk, James Scott Wheeler and Paul Kerrigan evaluate the logistical and naval strategies exploiting this advantage. Such was the disparity that an effective Irish military response to conquest and colonisation was only feasible in the favourable archipelagic and continental European circumstances explored by John Young and Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin. Defeat or victory ultimately depended on relative military performance in manoeuvre, battle and siege, operations evaluated by Pádraig Lenihan, Donal O Carroll and James Burke. Bernadette Whelan examines the role of women as victim, survivor and, occasionally, combatant. You cannot carry fire in a sack , Raymond Gillespie notes the impact of war, especially on urban Ireland.
  

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Contents

List of illustrations
1
The Strategic Involvement of Continental Powers in Ireland
25
Scotland and Ireland 16411691
53
Terrain and Conquest 16001603
87
Strategic Geography 16411691
115
Ireland in Naval Strategy 16411691
151
The Logistics of Conquest
177
Change and Continuity in Weapons and Tactics 15941691
211
Siege Warfare in Seventeenth Century Ireland
257
The Early Modern Experience
293
Women and Warfare 16411691
317
Irelands Military Revolutions
345
Index
371
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Padraig Lenihan, Ph.D. (1995) in History, National University of Ireland, Galway is a lecturer in history at the University of Limerick. He has published extensively on early modern Irish military history including "Confederate Catholics at War 1641-49" (Cork, 2000).

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