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Ireland in CrisisWar, Politics and Religion, 1641-50$
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Patrick Little

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526126702

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526126719

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Introduction: the confederate wars revisited

Introduction: the confederate wars revisited

(p.1) Introduction: the confederate wars revisited
Ireland in Crisis

Patrick Little

Manchester University Press

This chapter introduces the volume, outlining the historical debate on the wars of the 1640s, explaining why there has been less interest in it recently, as historians have focused on the outbreak of the rebellion and the Cromwellian invasion instead. It also introduces each chapter with a brief summary, and points out the new themes that emerge across the volume, including the importance of the regions to understanding the war. One of these themes, the crisis in authority – which affected not only the royalist government and institutions but also the Catholic Confederate alternatives – is explored in more detail, and proposed as an important new way to understand this difficult period.

Keywords:   historiography, regions, authority, Ormond, confederates

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