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RZ-50569-06Research Programs: Collaborative ResearchMizzouReligious Demography and Conflict in Ireland, 1659-19268/1/2006 - 12/31/2009$150,000.00KerbyAlonzoMiller   MizzouColumbiaMO65211-3020USA2006British HistoryCollaborative ResearchResearch Programs15000001500000

Conference papers, journal articles, and a monograph on religious/demographic change in Ireland, and its social, political, and cultural concomitants from 1659 to 1926. (36 months)

Ireland's partition and the recent "Troubles" in Northern Ireland are often viewed as inevitable results of struggle between two communal traditions--Protestant/British vs. Catholic/Irish--persisting, especially in Ulster, since the British plantations in the 1500s-1600s. Our study of Irish religious demography, 1659-1926, reveals that Irish history is much more complex than that binary model suggests. By charting the shifting boundaries between Irish Protestants and Catholics, we show that, especially in Ulster, economic and political conflict within the Protestant community was often the primary factor in shaping Irish society. Thus, our study suggests that better understanding Ireland's past may point to a less polarized future.