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The Roots of English Colonialism in Ireland

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Part of Critical Perspectives on Empire

  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107519589

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  • This is a major new study of the cultural foundations of the Tudor plantations in Ireland and of early English imperialism more generally. John Patrick Montaño traces the roots of colonialism in the key relationship of cultivation and civility in Tudor England and shows the central role this played in Tudor strategies for settling, civilising and colonising Ireland. The book ranges from the role of cartography, surveying and material culture – houses, fences, fields, roads and bridges – in manifesting the new order to the place of diet, leisure, language and hairstyles in establishing cultural differences as a site of conflict between the Irish and the imperialising state and as a justification for the civilising process. It shows that the ideologies and strategies of colonisation which would later be applied in the New World were already apparent in the practices, material culture and hardening attitude towards barbarous customs of the Tudor regime.

    • An innovative history of the Tudor plantations which focuses on the importance of cultural conflict rather than religion and politics
    • Sheds light on Elizabethan attempts to eliminate linguistic, material and cultural differences in Ireland
    • Sets early English imperialism and colonial theory within its full intellectual and cultural context
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Highly recommended. Scholars and graduate students … would benefit the most from this book."

    "Montano's elegant and richly-detailed book enhances an already-vibrant historical wall-hanging. Splendid production and polished prose further commend a lively account of English colonial aspirations in Ireland that will be sought out by all in the field and appreciated by anyone interested in a finely-wrought work of history."
    Irish Literary Supplement

    "Montaño’s book is useful when focused on primary sources about Irish colonization."
    Rory Rapple, The Journal of British Studies

    "The book’s texts are diverse, which makes it rich; and the presentation of this material within such a disciplined thematic structure is commendable … citing sundry contemporaries and contextualising their commentaries within social and political contexts, Montaño presents a rather interesting explanation for the origins of the early plantation agenda."
    Edward Cavanagh, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107519589
    • length: 442 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: nature is a language
    1. Planting a landscape: cultivation and reform in Ireland
    2. Planning a landscape I: cultivation as reformation
    3. Planning a landscape II: cultivation through plantation
    4. Inscribing a landscape: maps, surveys and records
    5. Material signs: ordering the built
    6. A civil offer: the failure to adopt English customs
    7. Bad manners, nasty habits: the elimination of Irish customs

  • Author

    John Patrick Montaño, University of Delaware
    John Patrick Montaño is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Delaware.

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