In this book which was first published in 1970, author Galen Broeker traces the events of a crucial period in the struggle of the British government to bring law and order to rural Ireland. He demonstrates that throughout the forty years following the union a major challenge to government in Ireland was the sporadic violence that seemed endemic to the rural south and west. Organizations of Irish peasants terrorized the countryside in protest against a political and economic system that seemed to threaten their very existence. The formation in 1814 of the Peace Preservation Force is examined. This was the first in a long series of experiments aimed at an efficient and impartial system of law enforcement. This title will be of interest to student of history and criminology.

chapter I|19 pages

The Tories and Ireland, 1812–30

chapter II|19 pages

The Problem of Law-Enforcement, 1812–13

chapter III|16 pages

The Failure of the Magistracy, 1812–13

chapter IV|16 pages

The Peace Preservation Force, 1813–14

chapter V|23 pages

The Force and Insurrection Act, 1814–15

chapter VI|11 pages

The Force and the Magistrates, 1815–18

chapter VII|23 pages

Talbot and Grant, 1818–21

chapter VIII|32 pages

The County Constabulary, 1822–5

chapter IX|29 pages

Catholic Emancipation, 1823–9

chapter X|13 pages

The Aftermath of Emancipation, 1829–30

chapter XI|26 pages

The Whigs and Ireland, 1830–6

chapter XII|12 pages

The Search for Law and Order, 1812–36

chapter |2 pages

Epilogue: The Irish Constabulary