The 194 maps that populate the pages of Troubled Geographies indicate how the authors blend text and figures to significant effect in the outlining of modern Irish social history. Using Historical Geographic Information Systems (hgis)—specifically, the Irish census data from 1821 to 2001/02—a fresh and revealing narrative unfolds that excellently illustrates how the events dating from the sixteenth century still have resonance in contemporary Irish religious and social life. The distinct character of this book lies in the combination of historical narrative and the mapping of census data, which enables a pronounced spatial approach.

In the introduction, the authors state the major themes of the work as the “ways in which religion, society, and geography have evolved to shape Ireland over the past two centuries” (1). They achieve their aim through a chronological narrative of the major events of Irish history, which are related to the collection of...

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