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The country house is just like a flag
in Cultural identities and the aesthetics of Britishness
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This chapter deals with great country houses built or altered in Ulster during 1790-1840. The English government had ensured through the settlement of land that the Irish and the English were seen as two separate nationalities. Religion and nationality became synonymous after the introduction of the Penal Laws. Furthermore religious and national identity became much more than cultural issues. The country houses built in Ulster during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries incorporated a wide range of architectural styles, from Gothic to Greek Revivalist. The late eighteenth century saw an increase in the number of British architects working in Ireland, and they further disseminated English taste. The country house, whatever its architectural style, became a medium through which they could impose their identity on the landscape and so create some semblance of permanence.

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