The Williamite Wars in Ireland

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jun 20, 2007 - History - 466 pages
The comprehensive defeat of the Jacobite Irish in the Williamite conflict, a component within the pan-European Nine Years' War, prevented the exiled James II from regaining his English throne, ended realistic prospects of a Stuart restoration and partially secured the new regime of King William III and Queen Mary created by the Glorious Revolution. The principal events - the Siege of Londonderry, the Battles of the Boyne and Aughrim, and the two Sieges and Treaty of Limerick - have subsequently become totems around which opposing constructions of Irish history have been erected. John Childs, one of the foremost authorities on warfare in Early Modern Britain and Europe, cuts through myth and the accumulations of three centuries to present a balanced, detailed narrative and chronology of the campaigns. He argues that the struggle was typical of the late seventeenth-century, principally decided by economic resources and attrition in which the 'small war' comprising patrols, raids, occupation of captured regions by small garrisons, police actions against irregulars and attacks on supply lines was more significant in determining the outcome than the set piece battles and sieges.
 

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Contents

1 Preliminaries 1688
1
2 Practical matters
15
3 Towards war 1689
33
4 The Break of Dromore and the retreat to Coleraine
51
5 Clady and the Ards Peninsula
69
6 The defence of Derry and Enniskillen
85
7 General Kirke
103
8 Endurance
119
15 The first siege of Limerick
247
16 Cork and Kinsale
267
17 A war of posts and ambuscades
281
18 Spring 1691
299
19 Ballymore and Athlone
313
20 Aughrim and Galway
329
21 The curious affair at Sligo or the banalities of the small war
347
22 The second siege of Limerick
365

9 The relief of Derry and Newtownbutler
133
10 A tired old man
147
11 Sligo and Dundalk
169
12 Winter operations 168990
185
13 The Battle of the Boyne
205
14 From Dublin to Limerick
227
23 Dispersal
385
Notes
395
Select bibliography
417
Index
427
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John Childs is Emeritus Professor of Military History at the University of Leeds, UK.

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