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Making the PeacePublic Order and Public Security in Modern Britain$
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Charles Townshend

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229780.001.0001

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The Indian Negative

The Indian Negative

(p.23) 2 The Indian Negative
Making the Peace

Charles Townshend

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the coercion and the public order problem in Ireland during the 19th century. During this period, Ireland was administered in an exceptional way, more like a grand colony than an integral part of the United Kingdom. Coercion was applied because English law was often unenforceable in Ireland due to passive or active resistance. Though the ordinary crime rate in Ireland was rather low, political crime had become uncomfortable for the English authorities. These crimes were not a function of direct political resistance but of intimidatory violence associated with land struggle.

Keywords:   coercion, public order, Ireland, England, political crime, political resistance

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