This is a groundbreaking study of Cork's rise from insignificance
to international importance as a city and port, and of South
Munster's development from agricultural hinterland to one of early
modern Ireland's wealthiest regions and a symbol of a new
Reconstructing the framework of a pre-modern regional society in a
way never before attempted for Ireland, Old World Colony integrates
social, economic, and political history across the heartlands of
"the Hidden Ireland" from the seventeenth century's civil wars to
Catholic emancipation in the 1820s. Dickson shows that colonization
and commerce transformed the region, but at a price: even in South
Munster's formative years, the problems of pre-Famine Ireland-gross
income inequality and land scarcity-were already evident.
Co-published with Cork University Press, Ireland
Wisconsin edition for sale only in the U.S., its territories and
possessions, and Canada.
"A masterful account. . . . So finely nuanced and meticulously
researched that it effectively raises the historiographical bar for
Irish regional history."--James G. Patterson, "H-Atlantic, H-Net
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