Journal article

Patrick O'Farrell and the Irish history wars, 1971-1993

Elizabeth Malcolm

JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS HISTORY | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2007

Abstract

While Patrick O'Farrell's achievements as an historian of the Irish and of Catholicism in Australia are well recognised, little attention has been paid to his significance as an historian of Ireland. This article takes his two major Irish monographs, published in 1971 and 1975, and considers how they influenced leading Irish political historians of the 1970s and 1980s. In doing so, the article examines the crisis created for historians by the Northern Ireland Troubles. It demonstrates that the work of O'Farrell, which called into question the primacy of politics and of the nation state, helped open up new avenues for the analysis of Irish culture and identity. Yet, at the same time, such an ..

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