Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century

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Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century

Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland, 2

2017

October 31st, 2017

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The study of crime and violence in all its multifarious forms remains one of the most productive areas of enquiry for Irish historians. Considered an inordinately violent and unruly society by many contemporaries, nineteenth-century Ireland was notorious for sectarian unrest, agrarian disorder, alcohol-fuelled casual fighting, the seditious activities of various illegal underground organisations, as well as a host of other ‘outrages’. The image of an Ireland in an almost perpetual state of tumult during the nineteenth century, however, is a false one, invariably pedalled by partisan observers with a particular political or religious agenda to satisfy. Modern historical scholarship has corrected many lingering assumptions about the extent and character of Irish violence, but much work remains to be done. This important collection of essays, based on original research delivered at one of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland’s most successful annual conferences, draws together some of Ireland’s leading historians as well emerging talents to examine a broad range of topics under the banner of crime and violence. Irish secret societies, agrarian disorder, security and the law, sectarian violence, and a host of similar topics benefit from innovative methodological perspectives and advanced historical scholarship

Reviews

'An important and valuable collection.'
Dr. Richard Mc Mahon, Assistant Professor of History, Trinity College Dublin

'Secret societies, agrarian disorder, the law, sectarianism, and related topics in relation to perceptions of the Irish are all discussed by a range of academics.'
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'A thought-provoking collection by scholars who you sense really care about the topics they study.'
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About The Author

Kyle Hughes is Lecturer in British History, Ulster University. Don MacRaild is Professor of British and Irish History and Head of the Department of Humanities at The University of Roehampton.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Contents5
List of Illustrations7
List of Contributors9
Introduction: Crime, Violence, and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century; Themes and Perspectives13
Section 1: Secret Societies and Collective Violence31
1. Whiteboys and Ribbonmen: What’s in a Name?33
2. The Law of Captain Rock50
3. ‘Night Marauders’ and ‘Deluded Wretches’: Public Discourses on Ribbonism in Pre-Famine Ireland65
4. Organised Labour in Limerick City, 1819–1821: Violence and the Struggle for Legitimacy79
Section 2: The Law and its Responses97
5. Cork’s Courthouses, the Landed Elite, and the Rockite Rebellion: Architectural Responses to Agrarian Violence, 1820–182799
6. Constitutional Rhetoric as Legal Defence: Irish Lawyers and the Languages of Political Dissent in 1848124
7. ‘Why, it’s like a ’98 trial’: The Irish Judiciary and the Fenian Trials, 1865–1866143
8. Crime and Punishment: Whiteboyism and the Law in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland161
Section 3: Sectarianism and Vioence185
9. From Bandon … to Bandon: Sectarian Violence in Cork during the Nineteenth Century187
10. ‘Loyal to the Crown but not the Crown’s Government’: The Challenge to Policing Posed by the Orange Order in 1830s Ulster205
Section 4: Manifestations of Crime and Violence221
11. Arson in Modern Ireland: Fire and Protest before the Famine223
12. The Head Pacificator and Captain Rock: Sedition, Suicide and Honest Tom Steele239
13. ‘Skin the Goat’s Curse on James Carey’: Narrating the Story of the Phoenix Park Murders through Contemporary Broadside Ballads255
14. Attitudes and Responses to Vagrancy in Ireland in the Long Nineteenth Century276
Index292