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date: 12 December 2019

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This chapter surveys the history and modern (twentieth- and twenty-first-century) historiography of Ireland during the Stuart Restoration (1660–1688). Topics are examined under five broad rubrics: the Restoration land settlement, the most important event of the period and the dominant theme of both its older and more recent historiography; the politics of religion within Ireland, as well as in a wider British context; economic growth—notably commercial repositioning vis-à-vis Britain, Europe, and the Atlantic word—and related social change; the reorganization and in some cases new formation of well-defined and distinct communities, often linked to denominational churches; and cultural and intellectual developments, including recent work on intellectual history, the history of the book, and the history of science. A concluding section indicates possible directions for further research, arguing that more sustained and focused studies of the period are needed before its place in modern Irish history can be assessed.

Keywords: Economic Change, Restoration, land settlement, politics of religion, historiography

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