When God Took Sides by Marianne Elliott
Religion and Identity in Ireland - Unfinished History

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The struggle between Catholic and Protestant has shaped Irish history since the Reformation, with tragic consequences up to the present day. But how do Catholics and Protestants in Ireland see each other? And how do they view their own communities and what these communities stand for?

Tracing the history of religious identities in Ireland over the last three centuries, Marianne Elliott argues that these two questions are inextricably linked and that the identity of both Catholics and Protestants is shaped by the way that each community views the other.

Cutting through the layers of myths, lies, and half-truths that make up the vision that Catholics and Protestants have of each other, she looks at how mutual religious stereotypes were developed over the centuries, how they were perpetuated and entrenched, and how they have defined modern identities and shaped Ireland's historical destiny, from the independence struggle and partition to the Troubles of the last four decades.

About Marianne Elliott

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Marianne Elliott is a writer, human/environmental rights advocate, and international yoga instructor. Trained as a lawyer, Marianne created the Action Plan for Human Rights in New Zealand and spent two years working in human rights in the Gaza Strip prior to her time in Afghanistan. She has blogged for the Huffington Post. www.marianne-elliott.com.#zenpeacekeeper
Published September 24, 2009 by OUP Oxford. 344 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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