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The Deep Roots of Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution

Gaia Narciso () and Battista Severgnini ()

Economic Papers from Trinity College Dublin, Economics Department

Abstract: This paper studies how cultural norms shaped by negative historical shocks can explain conflicts in the long-run. Exploiting a unique dataset constructed from historical archives, we test whether the Irish Famine (1845-1850), one of the most lethal starvation in history, changed political attitudes and contributed to the Irish Revolution (1913-1921). First, we investigate the determinants of joining the rebellion movement on the basis of the 1911 Irish Census and the official lists of rebels. We find that rebels are more likely to be male, young, catholic and literate. Second, we explore whether the famine played a role in the probability of joining rebellion activities. Controlling for the level of economic development and other potential concurring factors, we provide evidence of the role of the great Irish famine as an exceptional legacy of rebellion during the movement of independence.

Keywords: Z10; F51; N53; N44. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2016-12
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