Map-making, Landscapes and Memory

Map-making, Landscapes and Memory : A Geography of Colonial and Early Modern Ireland, C. 1530-1750

By (author) William J. Smyth

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Using the concepts of "colonialism" and "early modernity," William J. Smyth offers a geographical analysis of the most revolutionary period in Ireland's history. He analyzes the conquest and settlement of Ireland by the English and Scottish and the consequences of their often violent intrusion upon the cultures and landscapes of preexisting Irish societies. Smyth focuses on the ways in which the British state subjugated Irish territories, including a systematic use of surveillance techniques; implementation of mapping and inventories of strategic landscapes and resources; and development of bureaucracies and administrative techniques of law and the market economy so as to obliterate regional expression of Gaelic cultures and practices. What results is a fresh interpretation of Ireland's experiences in this crucial early modern period.

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  • Hardback | 640 pages
  • 175.3 x 246.4 x 43.2mm | 1,564.91g
  • 15 Feb 2007
  • University of Notre Dame Press
  • Notre Dame IN
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 33 colour & 98 b/w halftones
  • 0268017816
  • 9780268017811
  • 1,349,366

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WILLIAM J. SMYTH is holder of the Chair of Geography at University College Cork. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1999.

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"This book tackles grand themes on a grand scale.... William Smyth's great achievement is to show that so much of the early geography of early modern Ireland can be recovered and that so many topics can be mapped in considerable detail. An outstanding feature is the inclusion of more than one hundred maps... sixteen pages of colour plates allow the reproduction, in astounding clarity, of some of the most relevant manuscript maps compiled for English intelligence. These maps are an eye-opener to the embedded nature of Irish regional variations, challenging us to treat history with respect for geography." - The Irish Times"

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