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Author: Gemma Clark

Title: Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War


Place: Cambridge

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Year: 2014

Pages: xvii + 229pp.

ISBN-13: 9781107036895 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781139568364 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: Irish History | Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Irish Civil War



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Author: Gemma Clark, Department of History, University of Exeter


  List of Figures (p. ix)
  List of Maps (p. x)
  List of Tables (p. xi)
  Acknowledgements (p. xiii)
  Abbreviations (p. xvii)
  1 Introduction (p. 1)
    1. The Irish Civil War
    2. A Three-County Study
    3. Categories of Violence
  2 The Price of Loyalty: Violence, Compensation and the British in the Irish Free State (p. 18)
    1. Compensation: Policy and Procedure
    2. British ‘Loyalty’
      a) Definitions
      b) Help for Loyalists
    3. Religion
      a) National and International Trends
      b) Munster
    4. Conclusion
  3 The Campaign of Fire: Arson during the Irish Civil War (p. 54)
    1. The Importance of Arson
    2. Arson as a Military Tactic
      a) Barracks and Infrastructure
      b) Senators under Attack
    3. Targeting Big Houses
    4. Land redistribution
    5. Arson: Complex Motivations
      a) Targeting Loyalists
      b) ‘Labour Takes a Hand in the Game’
    6. Conclusion
  4 The Tight to Live in My Own Country: Intimidation, Expulsion and Local-Community Conflict (p. 98)
    1. Threat and Flight
    2. Written Warnings and Threatening Letters
    3. Cattle Driving
    4. Animal Maiming
    5. Land: A Historical Problem
    6. Boycotting
      a) History and development
      b) Urban Experiences
    7. Conclusion
  5 Harming Civilians: Killing, Wounding and Sexual Violence in Munster (p. 154)
    1. Civilians: Definition and Discussion
    2. Killing and Wounding
      a) Armed or Unarmed?
      b) Performance
      c) Motivations
    3. Sexual violence
    4. Conclusion
  6 Conclusion (p. 196)
  Glossary (p. 205)
    Note on current value of old money
  Bibliography (p. 207)
    1. Manuscript and archival sources
    2. Printed Primary Sources
      Books and Pamphlets
      Parliamentary Records
    3. Printed Secondary Sources
      Books and Articles
      Munster history journal
    4. Unpublished research
    5. Online sources
  Index (p. 219)

Description: »Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War presents an innovative study of violence perpetrated by and against non-combatants during the Irish Civil War, 1922–3. Drawing from victim accounts of wartime injury as recorded in compensation claims, Dr Gemma Clark sheds new light on hundreds of previously neglected episodes of violence and intimidation - ranging from arson, boycott and animal maiming to assault, murder and sexual violence - that transpired amongst soldiers, civilians and revolutionaries throughout the period of conflict. The author shows us how these micro-level acts, particularly in the counties of Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford, served as an attempt to persecute and purge religious and political minorities and to force redistribution of land. Clark also assesses the international significance of the war, comparing the cruel yet arguably restrained violence that occurred in Ireland with the brutality unleashed in other European conflict zones.« (Source: Cambridge University Press)


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