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Title: Use and misuse of the 1641 depositions
Author: Peters, Marie-Claire
ISNI:       0000 0004 2750 1876
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2012
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This research is a conceptual study of the historical, historiographical and contemporary use of the 1641 depositions. It is aimed primarily at improving accessibility and raising awareness of the depositions through appreciation of the context in which they emerged. To achieve this objective it is necessary to address the controversy and debate which has surrounded the deposition evidence since their collation in the seventeenth century. This debate focuses on the nature and substance of the depositions, the legitimacy of evidence and the circumstances and purposes for which it was obtained. By demonstrating the manner in which the evidence was subsumed by a fictional historical narrative attached to it concerning the alleged massacres of the 1641 rebellion, this research will attempt to explore and further understand the myth and memory which have enveloped these sources. Additionally, by addressing key issues pertaining to the use and subsequent misuse of evidence, for example, within the historiographical debate or as a premise for ethnic and political identification, this study will add to the variety of contemporary analysis which continues to chip away years of ambiguity that have characterised and clouded these important sources. This research will reflect thematically on the facets of conflict and rebellion by disseminating individual perception and interpretation of the events as detailed in the depositions while seeking to clarify the significance of massacre and its manifestation in the form of atrocity propaganda. By this means, further application of these demanding sources will be defined while raising the profile of the depositions as an integral source for seventeenth century historical, social, cultural and political history.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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