Aidan Clarke

Life
son of Austin Clarke; Historian at TCD; issued The Old English in Ireland 1625-42 (London: MacGibbon & Kee 1966), 288pp.; also, ‘Ireland and the General Crisis’, Past and Present, No. 48 (Aug. 1970), pp.79-99 [‘the death throes of feudalism’], and Prelude to Restoration in Ireland: The End of the Commonwealth 1659-60 (2000).

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Works
The Old English in Ireland 1625-42 (London: MacGibbon & Kee 1966), 288pp., and Do. [rep. edn.] (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2000); ‘Ireland and the General Crisis’, Past and Present, No. 48 (Aug. 1970), pp.79-99; Prelude to Restoration in Ireland: The End of the Commonwealth 1659-60 (Cambridge UP 2000), 376pp.

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Commentary
Nicholas Canny, review of Aidan Clarke, Prelude to Restoration in Ireland: The End of the Commonwealth 1659-60 (Cambridge UP), in Times Literary Supplement (3 March 2000). ‘[I]f the early Clarke might be validly portrayed as a trail-blaxer for Conrad Russell [The Fall of the British Monarchies, 1992], the mature scholar emerges as a Hibernian disciple of Sir Lewis Namier, with Clarke, like Namier, denying the importance of principle, ideology and idealism in explaining human behaviour. Instead, Clarke seeks to explain the choices that Protestant people in Ireland made, concerning the shaping of a government for the country in the aftermath of the death of Oliver Cromwell, by reference to interest, the ambition to survivee, and kinship and client connections.’

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References
De Burca Books (Cat. 44; 1997) lists The Old English in Ireland 1625-42. London, MacGibbon & Kee, 1966. First. Pages, 288. V.good in dj. [45.00].

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