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Ireland in the Virginian Sea

Colonialism in the British Atlantic

Audrey Horning

Cloth ISBN 978-1-4696-1072-6

Copyright 2013 by the University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2015)
  James Mooney Award, Southern Anthropological Society (2014)

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“Audrey Horning interweaves the history and archaeology of seventeenth-century Ulster and Virginia to reevaluate the clichĂ© of Ireland as a testing ground for North American colonization. In reconstructing these intersecting historical archaeologies, she provides dense and provocative case studies of Atlantic expansion. A valuable book.”

--Peter Pope, Memorial University of Newfoundland

“This significant book corrects the standard but usually cursory assertion that colonizing Ireland served as a model for England’s project in North America. In Horning’s masterful work, the undertakings in Ulster and in Jamestown/Albemarle occurred simultaneously and were closely intertwined but ultimately distinct. No scholar will again be able to offer glib statements of the linkages between Irish and American colonialisms; instead we all must take into account Horning’s sophisticated and nuanced treatment of the interplay between these two projects.”

--Carla Gardina Pestana, University of California, Los Angeles

“An account both theoretically sophisticated and attentive to detail and context. Every historical archaeologist must read and digest this book; Horning tells us not just about Ireland and Virginia, but instructs us in how we should practice a more sensitive and nuanced historical archaeology.”

--Matthew H. Johnson, Northwestern University

“Horning provides the most detailed and sophisticated account of the early seventeenth-century migrations and the communities that resulted in Ireland and Virginia. Thanks to the meticulous sifting of the surviving archaeological and written evidence, her sometimes provocative conclusions will greatly advance discussion of the nature of colonialism in America and Ireland.”

--Toby Barnard, University of Oxford