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Connecting centre and localityPolitical communication in early modern England$
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Chris R. Kyle and Jason Peacey

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526147158

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526147165

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Local expertise in hostile territory: state building in Cromwellian Ireland

Local expertise in hostile territory: state building in Cromwellian Ireland

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(p.174) Chapter 9 Local expertise in hostile territory: state building in Cromwellian Ireland
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Connecting centre and locality
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Jennifer Wells

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526147165.00015

Between 1649 and 1651, Oliver Cromwell and parliamentarian forces invaded and conquered both Ireland and Scotland. In the wake of these conquests, the regime embarked upon a dramatic state building project in both countries, implementing a variety of administrative, legal, educational, religious and commercial initiatives with the aim of integrating the two countries into the new commonwealth. Despite clear orders from Whitehall on how to build this ‘new’ state, English authorities in Scotland and Ireland quickly ran into problems executing these ambitions. This chapter looks at how circumstances on the ground in interregnum Scotland and Ireland affected the implementation of ideas and institutions. The situations in the two countries provide a particularly unique lens through which to see how communication changed from centre to periphery to ‘sub-periphery’. That is, not only did communication flow from London to Dublin and Edinburgh, but, once in receipt of the information, officials in the Irish and Scottish capitals sent the decrees further onwards to administrators in remote corners of the two countries. Needless to say, the end results in places such as Kerry and Orkney frequently deviated from the original parliamentarian vision.

Keywords:   Ireland and Scotland, communication networks, English republic, localism

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