The Conquest of Ireland during the Age of Tudors and Early Stuarts: the Issues of Creation of Language Hierarchies
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The Conquest of Ireland during the Age of Tudors and Early Stuarts: the Issues of Creation of Language Hierarchies
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Feliks Levin 
Affiliation: Higher School of Economics (Saint Petersburg)
Address: Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg

The article is dedicated to the linguistic aspects of the conquest of Ireland during the age of Tudors and early Stuarts, which are examined from the perspective of establishment of power relations in British composite monarchy and through the prism of intellectual context. The author claims that the awareness of ethnocultural inequality was based on the complex attitude of medieval ethnographical knowledge to diversity, and emphasizes that distinctions were ideologized in the processes of establishing of power relations. The paper highlights two stages of state building in 16th — 17th centuries with distinct scenarios concerning the Irish language.  Initially, the English crown demonstrated tolerance to the Irish language in exchange for loyalty to its policy, but later, mainly because of the opposition of the local elites to the processes of expansion of central authority, stricter strategies of disciplining and controlling diversity began to prevail. As a result, around 1640-s functional hierarchy was established, according to which English was the language of social domination, and Irish was used for everyday matters.

early Modern Ireland, Irish language, conquest of Ireland during the age of Tudors and early Stuarts, British identity, composite monarchy, language policy, medieval ethnography
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