The Shadow of a Year: The 1641 Rebellion in Irish History and Memory (History of Ireland & the Irish Diaspora)

The Shadow of a Year: The 1641 Rebellion in Irish History and Memory (History of Ireland & the Irish Diaspora)

John Gibney


In October 1641 a uprising broke out in eire. Dispossessed Irish Catholics rose up opposed to British Protestant settlers whom they held answerable for their plight. This rebellion, the 1st major sectarian uprising in Irish heritage, gave upward push to a decade of conflict that will culminate within the brutal re-conquest of eire by means of Oliver Cromwell. It additionally set in movement some of the most enduring and acrimonious debates in Irish history.
    Was the 1641 uprising a justified reaction to dispossession and repression? Or was once it an unprovoked try at sectarian genocide? John Gibney comprehensively examines 3 centuries of this debate. The fight to set up and interpret the proof of the previous used to be additionally a fight over the current: if Protestants were slaughtered via vicious Catholics, this supplied an awesome justification for protecting Protestant privilege. If, nonetheless, Protestant propaganda had inflated a number of deaths right into a immense and brutal “massacre,” this justification used to be groundless.
    Gibney indicates how politicians, historians, and polemicists have represented (and misrepresented) 1641 over the centuries, creating a sectarian knowing of Irish heritage the dominant paradigm within the realization of the Irish Protestant and Catholic groups alike.

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