Date of Award

Spring 2000

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Robert S. DuPlessis


In an attempt to counter nationalist historians who present seventeenth and eighteenth century Irish history as a conflict between a united “Irish” nation and the English’s conquest and colonization of Ireland, Roney focuses on the development of Anglo-Irish identity in this period. Using pamphlets published between 1641 and 1800, she looks at this identity formation in relation to the rest of the population of Ireland and to England, and on Catholic responses to this identity. Through this examination of well-developed elite discourse, Roney finds that clashes between religious and ancestral groups in Ireland contributed to internal Irish tensions as well as to conflicts between England and Ireland.