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Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War

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  • Date Published: April 2014
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  • 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.

    • Draws from original source material to reveal hundreds of previously unexplored episodes of violence experienced by civilians in Ireland
    • Adopts an international perspective to consider the Irish Civil War within the context of European conflict zones and civil war around the globe
    • Utilises violence theory and literature on ethnic violence to explain the role of civil-war violence beyond its immediate military purposes
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    "This is an important and well-researched book that is a must-read for students of the Irish Revolution and of civil conflict more generally. Clark's innovative work on postwar compensation claims points to the central role that the toxic and intimate violence of the Irish Civil War played in the articulation of increasingly divergent British and Irish identities in the 1920s. The next decade doubtless will see continued growth in work on the history of violence in Ireland's revolutionary era. The scholars who pursue this research will be in debt to Gemma Clark for this thoughtful and provocative monograph."
    Journal of British Studies

    "[This book] contains a wealth of human interest … People who want to get below the surface of the revolution's final years will need books like this."
    Charles Townshend, Irish Times

    'Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War will influence the historiography of the Irish Civil War. The author has given voice to embattled loyalists, whose trials and tribulations impress and inform the reader.' John Borgonovo, The Journal of Modern History

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    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139898874
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 2 maps 3 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    2. The price of loyalty: violence, compensation and the British in the Irish Free State
    3. The 'Campaign of Fire': arson during the Irish Civil War
    4. 'The right to live in my own country': intimidation, expulsion and local-community conflict
    5. Harming civilians: killing, wounding and sexual violence in Munster
    6. Conclusion
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Gemma Clark, University of Exeter
    Dr Gemma Clark studied at Queen's College, Oxford, where she took a first-class honours degree in History in 2005. Her undergraduate dissertation, on Irish history, won the university-wide Arnold Modern History Prize and she went on to earn a Master's in Historical Research in 2007 and a DPhil in 2011. Dr Clark's doctorate, co-supervised by Professor Roy Foster and Dr Tim Wilson, analyses the range of harmful and frightening acts largely ignored by military histories of the Irish Civil War, and places Ireland's conflict in an international perspective. Her first monograph, Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War, is based on her doctoral research. In 2012, Dr Clark moved to Sydney, Australia to take up her first academic post, the Sarah Sharkey Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Global Irish Studies Centre, University of New South Wales. Her postdoctoral project, 'A History of Arson in Modern Ireland', further develops her research into hitherto academically neglected acts of violence. She addresses the use of non-lethal arson by a range of social and political groups who have used fire as a form of protest since 1800, contextualising Irish incendiarism in relation to the uses of and responses to arson in mainland Europe. In January 2015, Gemma returned to the UK to take up the post of Lecturer in British and Irish History at the University of Exeter, where she continues her research and teaching on the themes of violence and warfare.

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