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Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century

Kyle Hughes and Donald MacRaild


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 ... More

Keywords: Crime, Violence, Ireland, Nineteenth century, Secret societies, Sectarianism, Law and Order

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786940650
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kyle Hughes, editor

Donald MacRaild, editor

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Section 1 Secret Societies and Collective Violence

2 The Law of Captain Rock

Terence M. Dunne

Section 2 The Law and its Responses

Section 3 Sectarianism and Violence

Section 4 Manifestations of Crime and Violence

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