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The problem of Ireland in Tudor foreign policy, 1485-1603 /
William Palmer.
Woodbridge, Suffolk ; New York : Boydell Press, 1994.
161 p.
0851155626 :
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Woodbridge, Suffolk ; New York : Boydell Press, 1994.
0851155626 :
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-09:
Palmer has written an extended interpretive essay on how Tudor statesmen coped with the "problem of Ireland." His thesis is simple: "English policy in Ireland was shaped to a greater extent than has previously been realized by foreign policy and the power politics of the Counter Reformation." Thus he takes polite issue with historians who would treat early modern Ireland as part of the English borderlands (pace Steven Ellis) or who try to explain changes in the internal politics of the island without asking why English policy was shifting. Palmer emphasizes how fear of France in particular shaped English policy toward Ireland. Henry VII wisely pursued a course of peace that prevented the playing of the Irish card, whereas his son's aggressive posture towards France allowed the latter to exploit England's fears of rebellion from the 1540s to the 1560s. When Spain replaced France as England's chief threat, it moved the secretary of state, Sir Francis Walsingham, to advocate alliance with France as a way of guaranteeing the security of Ireland (a diplomatic master stroke frustrated by the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre). A brief but important book. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. R. Bisson; Belmont University
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'His thesis is simple: English policy in Ireland was shaped to a greater extent than has previously been realized by foreign policy and the power politics of the Counter Reformation... A brief but important book.'CHOICE Dr Palmer explores the role of sixteenth-century Ireland in considerable depth, examining how it changed during times of crisis abroad, and how the tensions provoked by the Reformation in England introduced an ideological element into international politics. He shows how the failure of Henry's invasions of Scotland and France in the 1540s led to greater involvement in Ireland by these countries, which in turn led to the entry of more and more English officials into Ireland and the implementation of increasingly aggressive policies. This study thus shows that Tudor rule in Ireland reflected wider international politics, with significant implications.WILLIAM PALMERis Professor of History at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
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Examination of the influence of Irish affairs on English foreign policy under the Tudors.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Henry VII, Foreign Policy, and Irelandp. 15
Henry VIII, Foreign Policy, and Ireland to 1529p. 26
Reformation, Foreign Policy, and Irelandp. 40
Ireland and the British Problemp. 55
New Departuresp. 73
Conquest and Foreign Policy in Ireland, 1568-1579p. 89
The Spanish Threat Materializesp. 109
Tyrone and the Fall of Ulsterp. 127
Conclusionp. 139
Bibliographyp. 145
Indexp. 153
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