Ireland’s landscape is marked by fault lines of religious, ethnic, and political identity that have shaped its troubled history. Troubled Geographies maps this history by detailing the patterns of change in Ireland from 16th century attempts to "plant" areas of Ireland with loyal English Protestants to defend against threats posed by indigenous Catholics, through the violence of the latter part of the 20th century and the rise of the "Celtic Tiger." The book is concerned with how a geography laid down in the 16th and 17th centuries led to an amalgam based on religious belief, ethnic/national identity, and political conviction that continues to shape the geographies of modern Ireland. Troubled Geographies shows how changes in religious affiliation, identity, and territoriality have impacted Irish society during this period. It explores the response of society in general and religion in particular to major cultural shocks such as the Famine and to long term processes such as urbanization.
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1. Geography, Religion, and Society in Ireland: A Spatial History
2. The Plantations: Sowing the Seeds of Ireland’s Religious Geographies
3. Religion and Society in Pre-Famine Ireland
4. The Famine and its Impacts, 1840s to 1860s
5. Towards Partition, 1860s to 1910s
6. Partition and Civil War, 1911 to 1926
7. Division and Continuity, 1920s to 1960s
8. Towards the Celtic Tiger: The Republic, 1961 to 2002
9. Stagnation and Segregation: Northern Ireland, 1971 to 2001
10. Communal Conflict and Death in Northern Ireland, 1969 to 2001
11. Belfast through the Troubles: Socio-economic Change, Segregation, and Violence
12. Conclusions: Ireland’s Religious Geographies--Stability or Change?
Notes on Methods and Literature: From Historical GIS Databases to Narrative Histories
An ambitious and extremely interesting display of the value of the Centre's [CDDA, Queen's University Belfast] data and analysis for understanding a major topic in Irish history: religion.
David W. Miller
Carnegie Mellon University
By tapping the power of new geospatial technologies, the authors explored the intersection of geography, religion, politics, and identity in Irish history. Troubled Geographies. . . is a well-researched and written scholarly book that would interest students of European/Irish history and socio-cultural change.
International Social Science Review
The book makes a strong case for a greater consideration of spatial information in historical analysis—a message that is obviously appealing for geographers. But only when HGIS becomes more fully integrated into history and the humanities will the potential suggested by Troubled Geographies be fully realized.
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
A book like this is useful as a reminder of the struggles and the sacrifices of generations of unrest and conflict, albeit that, on a global scale, the Irish troubles are just one of a myriad of disputes, each with their own history and localized geography. The book is excellent as an introduction; it is written in a fluent, engaging and factually-correct prose. The first eight chapters on Ireland’s history are essential reading before any sense can be made of the contemporary religious conflicts. . .
Journal of Historical Geography