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James S. Donnelly, Jr
University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)

Agrarian Violence and Secret Societies in Ireland, 1760-1845

To write a systematic account of agrarian violence and secret societies in Ireland between 1760 and 1845. Agrarian disorder was the most intractable problem faced by the British government in Ireland during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. There were 6 major eruptions of organized agrarian violence in the century before the Great Famine (1761-65, 1772-76, 1785-87, 1813-16, 1821-24, and 1831-34). Besides these major upheavals, there were many minor outbreaks of localized and short-lived unrest, not to mention the unorganized violence endemic to the Irish countryside. Study will try to learn how successful the agrarian rebels were in achieving their objectives.

Project fields:
British History

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Research Programs

Total amounts:
$20,003 (approved)
$20,003 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1976 – 8/31/1976