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By Jay P. Dolan

ISBN-10: 1608192407

ISBN-13: 9781608192403

A historical past of the Irish in the US from the eighteenth century to the current, by way of one of many nation's most outstanding students of the immigrant event.

Jay Dolan of the college of Notre Dame is one in every of America's so much acclaimed students of immigration and ethnic historical past. within the Irish american citizens, he caps his many years of writing and educating with a magisterial background of the Irish adventure within the United States—the first general-reader’s account to be released because the 1960s.

Dolan attracts on his personal unique examine and lots more and plenty different fresh different scholarship to weave a clean and bright narrative. He follows the Irish from their first arrival within the American colonies during the bleak days of the potato famine that introduced thousands of bad immigrants; the years of ethnic prejudice and "No Irish desire Apply;" the increase of Irish political energy and the heyday of Tammany politics; to the ancient second whilst John F. Kennedy used to be elected to the top workplace within the land.

Dolan conjures up the ghastly ships crowded with women and men fleeing the potato blight; the colourful lifetime of Catholic parishes in towns like big apple and Chicago; and the area of laptop politics, the place ward bosses frequently held courtroom within the neighborhood saloon. wealthy in colourful element, balanced in judgment, and the main entire paintings of its style but released, The Irish american citizens turns into a must have quantity for any reader with an curiosity within the Irish-American history.

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The Kalmar War, conversely, had only made this danger loom more menacingly than ever before. 6 Constitutional and Administrative Reform Gustav II Adolf’s enviable reputation as a monarch stems primarily from his achievements as a military leader, strategist, and tactician. This is unfortunate, if for no other reason than the fact that historians tend to overlook the significant domestic reforms that characterized the reign. The reform of the judiciary and fiscal apparatus of the state is far less dramatic than the story of the brilliantly executed campaigns in Germany in 1631–32; but an understanding of these reforms is of an equal or greater importance to an understanding of the process by which Sweden managed to assert itself as a great power in European affairs.

All of the resources of the state were bent towards this end, but until the imposition of absolutism in 1680 those resources were not adequate to the task at hand. If commercial or economic motives played any role at all in the formulation of foreign policy, it was this: that the demands of the ‘military state’ necessitated an expansion of Sweden’s resource base. Economic interests promoted military action only to the extent that Sweden’s capacity to fight required a steady flow of cash. The Swedish crown never made war to get rich or to make its aristocracy rich; it made war to obtain the resources necessary to fuel its military establishment, which in turn was vital to safeguard the security of the state.

It was not simply a question of asserting the authority of the central government over a contentious landed elite, as was the case in France under Richelieu and Mazarin. France was wealthy, and Sweden was not; in France provincial liberties and a powerful nobility acted as a barrier to any assertion of royal authority, but in Sweden regional identities were not so well defined and the landed aristocracy not nearly so capable of resistance. A comparison between Vasa Sweden and Oldenburg Denmark also highlights the role of warfare as a catalyst in the reform process: the two states employed very similar administrative systems and subscribed to very similar constitutional ideologies at the beginning of the century, and both states would adopt absolute monarchy in the last half of the century; but in the interim the pace of administrative growth and streamlining was much more rapid in warlike Sweden than in Denmark.

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