17th Century Ireland

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Classify the most important identity groups in seventeenth century ireland, what were their similarities and differences. emphasis must be placed on exceptions to the rule Similarities and differences exceptions to the rules What is identity culture heritage ethnicity language religion Main characteristics Self perception How others perceived them ethnicity gaelic Irish celtic Anglo Irish norman Irish English/anglosxaon scotish gael celtic INTRO Situation in this century how interaction and conflict between these 4 groups set against an international backdrop helped create the events of the later half of the century how identity manifested itself was used Seventeenth century Ireland contained four main identity groups, each group had their own culture, social structure, religion and ethnic origin, separating it from the other groups, although there was some overlap in characteristics. Each identity group had a specific outlook on religion and the practice there of, this may have been a different religion or the practise of a shared one . Religion was a factor in determining these groups but not the key factor, as ethnical and political characteristics were equally influential. This paper will attempt to classify and outline the main identity groups and the key characteristics that may place an individual into an identity group. We will see how these groups were conceived and viewed by themselves and by their contemporaries, the other identity groups. The four main identity groups of seventeen century Ireland were the native Irish, the old English, the Scots and the new English. These four identity groups, together with the interplay and confliction of these groups amongst a wider European context would culminate in the wars of the 3 kingdoms or as they are also known, the English civil wars, much of it being fought in Ireland. International
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