This comparative study of the three Irish wars of the seventeenth-century yields important new insights into continuity and contingency. The volume comprises ten thematic essays on the political context, the sinews of war, military operations and 'war and society'.
Padraig Lenihan, Ph.D. (1995) in History, National University of Ireland, Galway is a lecturer in history at the University of Limerick. He has published extensively on early modern Irish military history including Confederate Catholics at War 1641-49 (Cork, 2000).
List of illustrations Introduction / Padraig Lenihan 1 The Strategic Involvement of Continental Powers in Ireland 1596-1691 / Tadhg O. hAnnrachain 25 Invasions: Scotland and Ireland 1641-1691 / John Young 53 Terrain and Conquest 1600-1603 / John McGurk 87 Strategic Geography 1641-1691 / Padraig Lenihan 115 Ireland in Naval Strategy 1641-1691 / Paul M. Kerrigan 151 The Logistics of Conquest / James Scott Wheeler 177 Change and Continuity in Weapons and Tactics 1594-1691 / Donal O'Carroll 211 Siege Warfare in Seventeenth Century Ireland / James Burke 257 War and the Irish Town: The Early Modern Experience / Raymond Gillespie 293 Women and Warfare 1641-1691 / Bernadette Whelan 317 Conclusion: Ireland's Military Revolutions(s) / Padraig Lenihan 345 Index 371
These ten thematic essays examine the three Irish wars of the seventeenth-century in relation to each other, thereby yielding important comparative insights. The military potential of England and, later, an emergent Britain, was immeasurably greater than that of Irish Catholics. John McGurk, James Scott Wheeler and Paul Kerrigan evaluate the logistical and naval strategies exploiting this advantage.
Such was the disparity that an effective Irish military response to conquest and colonisation was only feasible in the favourable archipelagic and continental European circumstances explored by John Young and Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin. Defeat or victory ultimately depended on relative military performance in manoeuvre, battle and siege, operations evaluated by Pádraig Lenihan, Donal O'Carroll and James Burke. Bernadette Whelan examines the role of women as victim, survivor and, occasionally, combatant.
'You cannot carry fire in a sack', Raymond Gillespie notes the impact of war, especially on urban Ireland.
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