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Markets, Market Culture and Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland$
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Adrian Randall and Andrew Charlesworth

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237006

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317422

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The Irish Famine of 1799–1801: Market Culture, Moral Economies and Social Protest

The Irish Famine of 1799–1801: Market Culture, Moral Economies and Social Protest

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(p.163) Chapter 8 The Irish Famine of 1799–1801: Market Culture, Moral Economies and Social Protest
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Markets, Market Culture and Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland
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Roger Wells
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317422.009

This chapter examines the market culture, moral economies, and social protests associated with the famine of 1799–1801 in Ireland. The analysis reveals populist moral-economic precepts and commensurate mass mobilisations during the famine years, the contrasts between Irish and English responses to hunger, and a conjunction between politically motivated rebels and agrarian regulators. The chapter also discusses the injection of moral-economic values into the litany of objectives enforced by traditional rural regulation of agrarian economies by secret societies, and argues that the conflict between market and moral economies in Ireland during this period is unmistakable.

Keywords:   famine, Ireland, market culture, moral economies, social protests, mass mobilisations, politically motivated rebels, agrarian regulators, agrarian economies, rural regulation

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