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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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Flawed Equipoise 1880—1914

Flawed Equipoise 1880—1914

(p.36) 3 Flawed Equipoise 1880—1914
Making the Peace

Charles Townshend

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the contrast between the image of orderliness and the persistence of substantial disorder in Great Britain during the period from 1880 to 1914. It suggests that contrary to the widely-held belief about the public orderliness of Victorian society, Britain remained a very disorderly society until the 1890s. In particular, the 1880s witnessed a turmoil dramatically at odds with the broad meliorism of the modernization process and the intensification of rural conflict in Ireland.

Keywords:   public order, Great Britain, meliorism, modernization, rural conflict, Ireland

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