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Rituals and Riots: Sectarian Violence and Political Culture in Ulster, 1784-1886
by Sean Farrell
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, ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 26th 2009 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published August 31st 2000)
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Rituals and Riots deals with unrest in Northern Ireland (i.e. the region of Ulster), concentrating on the years 1786 (around the time that religious sects began forming) until 1886, when Irish nationalists were pushing for the founding of home rule. Farrell concentrates on one particular aspect as key to much of the violence, which is the ritual of the procession. The procession was a means of laying claim to space by marching through it, usually with the aid of song and symbols. These ...more