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Homicide in pre-Famine and Famine Ireland$
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Richard Mc Mahon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319471

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319471.001.0001

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‘The tranquillity of a barrel of gun powder’: Homicide and land

‘The tranquillity of a barrel of gun powder’: Homicide and land

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Homicide in pre-Famine and Famine Ireland

Richard Mc Mahon

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the extent, nature and role of lethal and non-lethal violence in land-related disputes. It is argued that, while significant in certain conditions and locations, violence or the threat of violence was not a central element in the regulation of the use and occupation of land. On the contrary, rural relationships were characterized as much by the avoidance of, than the resort to, interpersonal violence and that the threat of violence, while certainly present, played only a marginal role.

Keywords:   land, violence, rural unrest, landlords, tenants, labourers, family, evictions, rent, secret societies

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