Conquest and Resistance: War in Seventeenth-Century Ireland


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 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.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Pádraig Lenihan
  • Tadhg Ó Hannracháin
  • John Young
  • John McGurk
  • Paul M. Kerrigan
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2001


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