This collection of essays will appeal to all those interested in military history and early modern Irish history.
Pádraig 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).
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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
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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