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Riots between Catholic and Protestant crowds occurred with depressing frequency throughout the nineteenth century, making sectarian violence one of the defining characteristics of the modern Ulster experience. Throughout this period, ritual confrontations led to regular outbreaks of sectarian conflict, which in turn helped keep Catholic/Protestant antagonism at the heart of political and cultural discussion in the north of Ireland.
By focusing on the links between public ritual, sectarian riots, and politics between the Armagh Troubles of the late eighteenth century and the Belfast Riots of 1886, Sean Farrell offers a new interpretation of nineteenth-century sectarianism, one that emphasizes the critical roles of lower-class attitudes and behavior in forging Ulster's divided political culture.
Title: Rituals and Riots: Sectarian Violence and Political Culture in Ulster, 1784-1886
Illustrator: Reg. Price: $34.95
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky: c2000
ISBN Number: 081312171X
ISBN Number 13: 9780813121710
Book Details: 272 pages, 6 x 9, ill., maps, cloth, University Press of Kentucky
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Seller ID: 12171X
Description: Sectarian violence is one of the defining characteristics of the modern Ulster experience. Riots between Catholic and Protestant crowds occurred with depressing frequency throughout the nineteenth century, particularly within the constricted spaces of the province's burgeoning industrial capital, Belfast. From the Armagh Troubles in 1784 to the Belfast Riots of 1886, ritual confrontations led to regular outbreaks of sectarian conflict. This, in turn, helped keep Catholic/Protestant antagonism at the heart of political and cultural discussion in the north of Ireland.
Rituals and Riots has at its core a subject frequently ignored-the rioters themselves. Rather than focusing on political and religious leaders in a top-down model, Sean Farrell demonstrates how lower-class attitudes gave rise to violent clashes and dictated the responses of the elite. Farrell also penetrates the stereotypical images of the Irish Catholic as untrustworthy rebel and the Ulster Protestant as foreign oppressor in his discussion of the style and structure of nineteenth-century sectarian riots. Farrell analyzes the critical relationship between Catholic/ Protestant violence and the formation of modern Ulster's fractured, denominationally based political culture. Grassroots violence fostered and maintained the antagonism between Ulster Unionists and Irish Nationalists, which still divides contemporary politics. By focusing on the links between public ritual, sectarian riots, and politics, Farrell reinterprets nineteenth-century sectarianism, showing how lower-class Protestants and Catholics kept religious division at the center of public debate.
Sean Farrell is assistant professor of history at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
“Examines the key role of public rituals in this tradition of violence, particularly the Orange processions and their relationship to the outbreak of Catholic/Protestant riots.”—Book News
“Essential for an understanding of current sectarian disturbances in Northern Ireland.”—Choice
“Provides new insights into the sectarian violence and political culture in pre-famine Ulster.”—Ethnic Conflict Research Digest
“An ideal introductory survey of its topic.”—Albion