In this book which was first published in 1970, author Galen Broeker traces the events of a crucial period in the struggle of the British government to bring law and order to rural Ireland. He demonstrates that throughout the forty years following the union a major challenge to government in Ireland was the sporadic violence that seemed endemic to the rural south and west. Organizations of Irish peasants terrorized the countryside in protest against a political and economic system that seemed to threaten their very existence. The formation in 1814 of the Peace Preservation Force is examined. This was the first in a long series of experiments aimed at an efficient and impartial system of law enforcement. This title will be of interest to student of history and criminology.
Table of Contents
Preface; Abbreviations; 1. The Tories and Ireland, 1812-30 2. The Problem of Law-Enforcement, 1812-13 3. The Failure of the Magistracy, 1812-13 4. The Peace Preservation Force, 1813-14 5. The Force and the Insurrection Act, 1814-15 6. The Force and the Magistrates, 1815-18 7. Talbot and Grant, 1818-21 8. The County Constabulary, 1822-5 9. Catholic Emancipation, 1823-9 10. The Aftermath of Emancipation, 1829-30 11. The Whigs and Ireland, 1830-36 12. The Search for Law and Order, 1812-36; Epilogue: The Irish Constabulary; Bibliography; Index
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