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

By 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 historical past, gave upward push to a decade of battle that might culminate within the brutal re-conquest of eire via Oliver Cromwell. It additionally set in movement probably the most enduring and acrimonious debates in Irish history.
    Was the 1641 uprising a justified reaction to dispossession and repression? Or used to be it an unprovoked try out at sectarian genocide? John Gibney comprehensively examines 3 centuries of this debate. The fight to set up and interpret the evidence of the earlier used to be additionally a fight over the current: if Protestants were slaughtered by means of vicious Catholics, this supplied a great justification for retaining Protestant privilege. If, nonetheless, Protestant propaganda had inflated a number of deaths right into a immense and brutal “massacre,” this justification was once groundless.
    Gibney exhibits how politicians, historians, and polemicists have represented (and misrepresented) 1641 over the centuries, creating a sectarian realizing of Irish historical past the dominant paradigm within the recognition of the Irish Protestant and Catholic groups alike.

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