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  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press (15 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299289540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299289546
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 768,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the best account to date of how continuing English-language disputations concerning the nature of the insurrection that occurred in Ireland in 1641 influenced present politics for three centuries, in three countries and in two continents. Scholars in the U.S. will benefit especially from John Gibney's discussion of how the subject was re-opened in a new environment by Matthew Carey, who was responding in part to the inclusion of the extreme Protestant interpretation of the subject in the Amerian editions of "Foxe's Book of Martyrs""--Nicholas Canny, National University of Ireland, Galway

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John Gibney earned his doctorate in history at Trinity College Dublin and is author of "Ireland and the Popish Plot." A guide for the popular Historical Walking Tours of Dublin offered by Historical Insights Ireland, he is a frequent contributor to "History Ireland "magazine and scholarly journals. He has been a research fellow at the University of Notre Dame and the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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Well-documented and important 20 Jan. 2015
By Sean O Nuallain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a vitally important, impeccably-referenced account of the memory of 1641, when dispossessed Irish catholic rose against their colonizers. A gothic account of their actions was created, most disgracefully by David Hume. Others like John Temple and Froude continued the libel.

The perversion of truth facilitated the Cromwellian wiping out of 1/3 of the Irish population calculated by his own surveyor, Petty, as a massacre of about half a million; Petty put the number of Protestants killed in 1641 as 37,000.

Even the latter figure seems far too high, and the subsequent quickening of the landgrab is a fact of history. The Catholic response by Curry, Carey and others points out that there was a massacre of catholics first, and that the exaggerated figures of temple et al often exceed the number of Protestants on thw whole island.

1641 has been used as a pretext by the UVF for such actions as carving their initials on the breasts of a moderate catholic politician. It is vitally important that Irish scholars like Gibney receive state support, and a disgrace that this well-produced book required an anonymous donor and US publisher who has retained the copyright.
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Classic explanation of complex historiography 27 Jan. 2014
By M. O. Hogartaigh - Published on Amazon.com
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This complex yet clear book explains the long shadow of the 1641 Rebellion. The material on 1798 is particularly illuminating.
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