Melancholy Accidents

Melancholy Accidents : The Meaning of Violence in Post-famine Ireland

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While most scholarly attention on violence in post-famine Ireland has focused on political crimes, this book examines nonpolitical violence, which made up the vast majority of incidents in that period. Ireland's overall crime rate was below that of England and Wales, but the proportion of violent offenses to nonviolent ones was significantly higher in Ireland. In Melancholy Accidents, Carolyn Conley decries the commonly held belief that recreational and domestic violence was generally the result of understandable emotions. She demonstrates that the meaning of violence in post-famine Ireland was complex, personal, and often deeply traditional and idiosyncratic. This unique book will be valuable to a wide variety of scholars, including those who study women's history, European history, and social problems.
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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 157.7 x 236 x 21.1mm | 539.78g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739100076
  • 9780739100073

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Conley's Melancholy Accidents offers a detailed look at violence in Ireland from 1866 to 1892... A multitude of examples and extensive chapter notes further strengthen the book... Essential reading for anyone seeking a cultural and social understanding of the violence in late nineteenth-century Ireland. New Hibernia Review This is an outstanding book and will be widely read among Irish historians... Melancholy Accidents stands as a landmark in historical research, especially when placed in the context of the author's earlier work on violence in England and her current research on violence in Scotland. Conley is setting a fine example that others would do well to follow. -- Samuel Clark Albion Conley has made a useful and sometimes entertaining contribution to the study of Irish violence. Journal Of Modern History Conley's work is to be welcomed as the most careful analytical complation of court records so far available... Her analysis of personal and familial violence undoubtedly enriches our grasp of the texture of nineteenth-century Irish life. American Historical Review
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About Carolyn A. Conley

Carolyn Conley is Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Recreational Violence Chapter 3 Blood Relations Chapter 4 Sex and Violence Chapter 5 Justice Chapter 6 Politics and Religion Chapter 7 Conclusion
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