Why was England so interested in conquering Ireland?
(07-25-2009, 03:52 PM)Anastasia Wrote: It has always struck me as odd, though, the antipathy the Normans ( later the English) felt for Irish culture. The Statutes of Kilkenny (1200 or so, haven't checked the exact date in a while) forbid speaking Irish, dancing and music, every cultural feature they could think of. Now I'm not many of these laws completely succeeded, but why try so hard to erase their whole way of life? Why not be content with having conquered the place?
Why did the Russians try to outlaw Polish?  Why did the Romans outlaw the Druidic religion?  Basically, because they understood that so long as there was an Irish culture distinct from that of the Enlglish, that culture would become the center of rebellion.  At least, that's how I read it...

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Re: Why was England so interested in conquering Ireland? - by Pilgrim - 07-25-2009, 08:37 PM

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