The 'Mere Irish' and the Colonisation of Ulster, 1570-1641

  • Gerard Farrell

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Gerard Farrell
    Pages 1-26
  3. Gerard Farrell
    Pages 27-61
  4. Gerard Farrell
    Pages 63-92
  5. Gerard Farrell
    Pages 93-151
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    Pages 153-214
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    Pages 215-276
  8. Gerard Farrell
    Pages 277-301
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 303-331

About this book


This book examines the native Irish experience of conquest and colonisation in Ulster in the first decades of the seventeenth century. Central to this argument is that the Ulster plantation bears more comparisons to European expansion throughout the Atlantic than (as some historians have argued) the early-modern state’s consolidation of control over its peripheral territories. Farrell also demonstrates that plantation Ulster did not see any significant attempt to transform the Irish culturally or economically in these years, notwithstanding the rhetoric of a ‘civilising mission’. Challenging recent scholarship on the integrative aspects of plantation society, he argues that this emphasis obscures the antagonism which characterised relations between native and newcomer until the eve of the 1641 rising. This book is of interest not only to students of early-modern Ireland but is also a valuable contribution to the burgeoning field of Atlantic history and indeed colonial studies in general.


Seventeenth century England Virginia New England Native experience Colonial violence Resentment Ulster Rising Class Gaelic society Ulster Irish Colonisation Ireland in the sixteenth century

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerard Farrell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryTrinity College DublinDublinIreland

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59362-3
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