At the Anvil: Essays in Honour of William J. Smyth

At the Anvil front cover
Patrick J. Duffy and William Nolan, editors

ISBN: 978-0-906602-638
Format/extent: 160 x 240 mm, 784 pages, hardback
Illustrations: 98 maps, figures and drawings; 16 colour and b/w photographs
Publication: December 2012
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William J. Smyth by Suzy O'MallaneAt the Anvil: Essays in honour of Professor William J. Smyth is an important collection of essays, by academics from Ireland and overseas, was assembled to highlight the enormous contribution made by Professor Smyth to third level education in Ireland and Irish society in general over a working career of unremitting endeavour.

From the time of his appointment to the chair of Geography in University College Cork in 1977, Professor Smyth served the university as teacher, researcher, administrator, and represented it with distinction on national bodies, such as the Royal Irish Academy and Heritage Council of Ireland. Apart from maintaining a steady output of scholarly work in peer reviewed journals and books, Professor Smyth never forgot that the university’s remit in education extended beyond the confines of the institution. He wholeheartedly supported the reorganisation of adult education within University College Cork in the early 1990s, and delivered lectures and organised field courses to rural and urban communities throughout Munster as part of the programme in Local Studies. Professor Smyth has an abiding interest in the Irish language and has consistently used the evidence of Irish poetry and other documentary sources in his published work.

At the Anvil brings together the work of three demographic cohorts of geographers – some, like Professor John Andrews, who were important influences on Smyth’s early thinking, others who were contemporaries and colleagues, and finally a younger group of researchers, a number of whom were his former students. Many of the essays build on topics which have been worked on by Willie Smyth, others extend to issues of broader concern to contemporary geographical studies in Ireland.

Chapter 1 ‘Excavating, Mapping and Interrogating Ancestral Terrains’: William J.Smyth and Ireland’s Geography by William Nolan
Chapter 2 From Rathdowney to Rattanakiri: Honouring Prof. by Connell Foley and Ronan Foley
Chapter 3 The Distribution of Early Medieval Ecclesiastical Sites in Ireland by Matthew Stout
Chapter 4 Making Ireland English in the Thirteenth Century: Evidence of the Irish Lay Subsidy of 1292 by Mark Hennessy
Chapter 5 Assessing Non-Climatic Influences on the Record of Extreme Weather in the Irish Annals
by Francis Michael Ludlow
Chapter 6 Foucault and the Colonial Subject: Emergent Forms of Colonial Governmentality in Early Modern Ireland by John Morrissey
Chapter 7 Colonial Beginnings: Lord Baltimore’s Irish Experience by John Mannion
Chapter 8 ‘Making the Documents of Conquest Speak’: Plantation Society in Armagh and the 1641 Depositions by Annaleigh Margey
Chapter 9 Through the Fractured Lens of the Civil Survey – An Appraisal of Buildings Across the Mid-Seventeenth Century Dublin Region by Arnold Horner
Chapter 10 William Petty, Topographer by J.H. Andrews and K.J. Rankin
Chapter 11 Displacements and Dispossession: The Transplantation Scheme 1653-1657 by Patrick Nugent
Chapter 12 The ‘Long Reformation’ and its Impact on the Morphology of Provincial Towns in Ireland by Anngret Simms
Chapter 13 William [Guillermo] Bowles: Geographer and Natural Scientist in Late Eighteenth Century Spain by Patrick J. O’Flanagan
Chapter 14 Myths, Diasporas and Empire: Being Irish in the Antipodes in the Nineteenth Century
by L. J. Proudfoot
Chapter 15 ‘Nearly all that Geography can Require’: The State and the Construction of a Geographical Archive in Nineteenth Century Ireland by Patrick J. Duffy
Chapter 16 Nationalism and the Public Sphere: The Nation Newspaper and the Movement for the Repeal of the Union by Gerry Kearns
Chapter 17 The Atlantic Ends of Europe Revisited by Robert A. Dodgshon
Chapter 18 Clachans: Landscape and Life in Ireland Before and After the Famine by Kevin Whelan
Chapter 19 Poverty and Place: Documenting and Representing Toronto’s Catholic Irish, 1845-1890
by William Jenkins
Chapter 20 Ireland’s Epidemiological Transition: A Preliminary Analysis of Changes of the Cause of Death by Denis G. Pringle
Chapter 21 Landscapes of Order and (Dis)Order in Somerville an Ross’s The Irish R.M. by Mary Kelly
Chapter 22 Reluctant Co-Operators: Dairy Farmers and the Spread of Creameries in Ireland 1886-1920 by Proinnsias Breathnach
Chapter 23 Becoming Tropical: Africa in the Irish Geographical Imagination by Denis Linehan
Chapter 24 Conflicting Subtleties: Southern Irish Protestant Nationalism Since 1920 by David J. Butler
Chapter 25 The Irish Borderlands: Regional Identities and National Divisions by Brian Graham and Catherine Nash
Chapter 26 Ireland’s Ethno-Religious Conflicts: Path Dependence and it’s Legacies by Joseph Ruane
Chapter 27 Trajectories of Development, Modalities of Enclosure: Land Grabbing and the ‘Struggle Over Geography’ by David Nally
Chapter 28 From Holy Wells to the ‘Great Ocean of Truth’: Symbols of the Sacred in Nature
by Anne Buttimer
Chapter 29 Mid to Late Holocene Relative Sea-Level and Sedimentary Changes in Southwest Ireland by Catherine A. Delaney, Robert J.N. Devoy and Simon C. Jennings
Cartophilia: a poem for William J. Smyth by Patrick J. O’Connor
Epilogue by Donald Lyons
William J. Smyth: a bibliography by David J. Butler