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The Plantation of Ulster [Paperback]

Jonathan Bardon
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21 Sep 2012
The Plantation of Ulster followed the Flight of the Earls when the lands of the departed Gaelic Lords were forfeited to the Crown. Bardons history is the first major, accessible survey of this key event in British and Irish history in a lifetime. The Plantation of Ulster was the most ambitious scheme of colonisation ever attempted in modern Europe, and one of the largest European migrations of the period. It was a pivotal episode in Irish history, sending shock waves reverberating down the centuries. In this vivid account, the author punctures some generally held assumptions: despite slaughter and famine, the province on the eve of the Plantation was not completely depopulated as was often asserted at the time; the native Irish were not deliberately given the most infertile land; some of the most energetic planters were Catholic; and the Catholic Church there emerged stronger than before. Above all, natives and newcomers fused to a greater degree than is widely believed: apart from recent immigrants, nearly all Ulster people today have the blood of both Planter and Gael flowing in their veins. Nevertheless, memories of dispossession and massacre, etched into the folk memory, were to ignite explosive outbreaks of intercommunal conflict down to our own time. The Plantation was also the beginning of a far greater exodus to North America. Subsequently, descendants of Ulster planters crossed the Atlantic in their tens of thousands to play a central role in shaping the United States of America.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan; Reprint edition (21 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717154475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717154470
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A thoroughly engaging introduction to Ulsters history. --BBC History Magazine

About the Author

Dr Jonathan Bardon is the author of the seminal Ulster: A History, universally regarded as the definitive work on the subject and of A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, balanced, fascinating, important. 19 Dec 2011
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Jonathan Bardon has written many hugely popular and widely acclaimed books on Irish history but I doubt if he has produced a more important one than this.

There has never been an account of the Plantation of Ulster so accessible to scholars and general readers alike. Thorough and balanced it sets events in their global context as well as in relation to the titanic European contest between Reformation and Counter Reformation. As a student of history more than 50 years ago I longed for such a book. My years of teaching would have been much more fruitful if there had been anything similar available.

Jonathan Bardon makes it clear from the start that colonization, racism and religious fervour have been (and still are) eternal and universal themes. One need look no further than Libya-so much in the news this year-victim of Mussolini's ambitious Plantations and evictions in the 1930's, attended by similar notions of racial superiority and claims of civilizing the natives while claiming all that was best for the invader.

Noting that others shared similar fates, however, does nothing to diminish the shocking nature of the atrocities committed. This "Plantation of Ulster" is no dehydrated history. In many aspects it is a horror story. At the same time it brought with it many positive changes and ironically the opportunity for the native Irish ultimately to make English the language in which they became world leaders.

Reading the names of the protagonists we soon begin to reflect not only on their very complex origins but on the political and religious diversity of their present day descendants. Many of the descendants of those who suffered or inflicted suffering ended up on the "other" side,through inter-marriage and/or conversion.

And not only us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an intriguing and factual story. 29 July 2012
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This book is a condensation of thousands of references ,mostly English,about the reasons and implementation of the plantation in Ulster.
I must admit that being a native of Ulster helps to appreciate the myriad references to the places mentioned,and as I have been away from my homeland for fifty years my greatest desire is to return and relive those stirring times. It will be a book to interest all of the political factions in this corner of Ireland as it depicts the Anglican English trying to understand these wild Gaelic speaking Catholics
who have no wish to be governed by their new masters.Gripping stuff and a credit to Bardon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that is both disturbing and enlightening 25 May 2013
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As an Irishman from Ulster who has lived outside my homeland for almost 14 years I found this to be a fascinating and yet also very sad book to read. The material contained in the book has much to offer people who want to try to understand the complex and painful history of Ulster. I feel that too many people - from both Ireland and beyond - are content to accept an understanding of the past that is no more than a surface story. This book takes the reader on a much deeper journey into the past and assists her or him to appreciate better the issues and complexities of the present. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding book from Jonathan Bardon 15 May 2013
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Jonathan Bardon has established himself firmly in the front rank of chroniclers of Ulster. His "A History of Ulster" is an outstanding work, essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what makes the place tick.

In this book, he focusses on one particular episode, which, more than any other, has made Northern Ireland the mess that it is. Indeed, considering what happened back then, it's a miracle that the wee place isn't even more messed up than it currently is. It tells the tale of the desire on the part of the English (well, James I of England who was also James VI of Scotland, so he had a foot in both camps) to render Ulster, the most Gaelic part of Ireland, less hostile by replacing its native population with more amenable, more civilised people from England and Scotland - and most importantly, people lacking the Popish superstition of those natives. The Irish were simply to be pushed off to poorer, less desirable parts, in a sort of early version of ethnic cleansing. This never actually worked out as much as intended (the settlers needed the local knowledge of the natives), but the intent was there. There follows a generally sorry tale of appropriation, rebellion, bloodshed and famine, both natural and man-made. The book ends with a truly panoramic and breathtaking final chapter, which takes in the legacy of the Plantation in all sorts of unexpected ways, including the origins of the "Scotch-Irish", whose learnt lessons of opening up unknown territory in Ulster occupied by hostile locals were to be invaluable in the colonies in the New World.

Dr, Bardon tells his story in an interesting manner, using many contemporary quotations, and with a historian's professional detachment, which makes the contents all the more absorbing.
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