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Ireland's Holy Wars By Marcus Tanner

Ireland's Holy Wars
by Marcus Tanner

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An analysis of the enduring conflict in Ireland. It contends that the roots of "the troubles" are inescapably religious and shows that the persistent conflict can only be understood in the context of five centuries of failed attempts by the English to impose Protestantism on the Irish state.
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Ireland's Holy Wars: The Struggle for a Nation's Soul, 1500-2000 by Marcus Tanner

For much of the twentieth century, Ireland has been synonymous with conflict, the painful struggle for its national soul part of the regular fabric of life. And because the Irish have emigrated to all parts of the world-while always remaining Irish-"the troubles" have become part of a common heritage, well beyond their own borders. In most accounts of Irish history, the focus is on the political rivalry between Unionism and Republicanism. But the roots of the Irish conflict are profoundly and inescapably religious. As Marcus Tanner shows in this vivid, warm, and perceptive book, only by understanding the consequences over five centuries of the failed attempt by the English to make Ireland into a Protestant state can the pervasive tribal hatreds of today be seen in context. Tanner traces the creation of a modern Irish national identity through the popular resistance to imposed Protestantism and the common defense of Catholicism by the Gaelic Irish and the Old English of the Pale, who settled in Ireland after its twelfth-century conquest. The book is based on detailed research into the Irish past and a personal encounter with today's Ireland, from Belfast to Cork. Tanner has walked with the Apprentice Boys of Derry and explored the so-called Bandit Country of South Armagh. He has visited churches and religious organizations across the thirty-two counties of Ireland, spoken with priests, pastors, and their congregations, and crossed and re-crossed the lines that for centuries have isolated the faiths of Ireland and their history.

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Ireland's Holy Wars Reviews

"This is a compellingly written book... The whole narrative is enriched by local portraits and personal stories. It is a successful example of the very best history-writing; learned, balanced, and thoroughly readable." Marianne Elliott, Times Literary Supplement "Tanner's book is astute, well-written, and formidably researched." Fintan O'Toole, New Republic "Excellent, readable, controversial, and original." John Bruton, Daily Telegraph "Tanner has been able to assemble a mass of information across a vast canvas of Irish history in a very short space." Irish Independent

About Marcus Tanner

Marcus Tanner, formerly assistant foreign editor of the London Independent, is the author of Croatia: A Nation Forged in War (ISBN 0 300 09125 7, pb. [pound]9.99), also published by Yale University Press.

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Ireland's Holy Wars: The Struggle for a Nation's Soul, 1500-2000 by Marcus Tanner
Marcus Tanner
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