For almost three decades the troubles in Northern Ireland raged, claiming over 3,600 lives, with civilians accounting for almost half the fatalities. In this book, Jonathan Tonge examines the reasons for that conflict; the motivations of the groups involved and explores the prospects for a post-conflict Northern Ireland.
Amid the social and political tensions plaguing the United States in the years leading up to the Civil War, the North experienced a boom of cultural activity. Young transient writers, artists, and musicians settled in northern cities in pursuit of fame and fortune. Calling themselves "bohemians" after the misidentified homeland of the Roma…
assesses the motivations and campaigns of the IRA, UVF and UDA and other armed groups
discusses what each paramilitary group achieved through violence
analyses the continuing controversies surrounding the Northern Irelands dirty war
outlines the extent of collusion between British security forces and loyalist paramilitaries
explores how governments and political parties shaped the peace process
scrutinizes prospects for the political development of unionism and nationalism within a devolved power sharing framework
examines whether the sectarian divide is strengthening or weakening
concludes by assessing whether Northern Ireland can move permanently from violence and instability to become a normal peaceful polity, in which the war is merely a historic relic
Written by an acknowledged expert in the field, Northern Ireland combines incisive analysis, original research and a lucid style to provide an important assessment of what has been described as an 800 year old problem.
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