Making Sense of the Troubles

The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland
Author: David McKittrick,David McVea
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1561310700
Category: History
Page: 356
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Compellingly written and evenhanded in its judgments, this is by far the clearest account of what has happened through the years in the Northern Ireland conflict, and why. Mr. McKittrick and Mr. McVea tell the story clearly, concisely, and, above all, fairly. The book includes a detailed chronology, statistical tables, and a glossary of terms. "If you want a frank, accurate and authoritative account you cannot do much better.... Likely to be the definitive account." Irish Independent."

Making Sense of the Troubles

A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict
Author: David McKittrick,David McVea
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780241962657
Category: Northern Ireland
Page: 404
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First published ten years ago, Making Sense of the Troubles is widely regarded as the most comprehensive, considered and compassionate history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Written by a distinguished journalist and a teacher of history in Northern Ireland, it surveys the roots of the problems from 1921 onwards, the descent into violence in the late 60s, and the three terrible decades that followed. David McKittrick and David McVea have now fully updated the book to take into account the momentous events of the last ten years, including the disbanding of the IRA, Ian Paisley's deal with the Republicans and the historic power-sharing government in Belfast. 'Indispensable for anyone who wants an account of the whole period.' Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's chief negotiator with Sinn Fein and the IRA 'McKittrick is one of the most respected of journalists and McVea is an experienced, highly knowledgeable politics teacher. The style is lucid and accessible, showing admirable balance and calmness.' Professor Richard English 'A vivid, coherent, fair account of this incoherent and violently unfair period. Its chronology is a rich tapestry in its own right.' Observer 'Comprehensive and compassionate.' Irish Times 'Extraordinarily well-balanced, sane, comprehensive and rich in sober understatement.' Glasgow Herald 'Given the impact and success of their previous work Lost Lives it was a lot to expect a book of equal standing and credibility. But this does not disappoint.' Sunday Business Post 'Frank, accurate and authoritative, the authors provide understanding of motivation, empathy for victims and meticulous scholarship.' Irish Independent 'A book combining vast journalistic expertise and historical perspective in a rich and seamless web - judicious, comprehensive and compassionate.' Professor Paul Arthur

Rebel Hearts

Journeys Within the IRA's Soul
Author: Kevin Toolis
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250088739
Category: History
Page: 384
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For ten years Kevin Toolis investigated the lives of the IRA soldiers who wage a secret battle against the British State. His journeys took him from the back kitchens of Belfast, where men joked while making two-thousand-pound bombs, to prisons for interviews with men serving life sentences, and to the graveyards where mourners weep. Each chapter explores a world where history, faith, and human savagery determine life and death. At once moving and harrowing,Rebel Hearts is the most authoritative and insightful book ever written on the IRA.

Voices from the Grave

Two Men's War in Ireland
Author: Ed Moloney
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 158648933X
Category: History
Page: 544
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The dawning of peace in Northern Ireland has not brought with it much truth about what happened during ‘the long war'. Very few of the paramilitary leaders on either side have ever spoken candidly about their role in that bloody conflict. But here, in a dramatic break with the unwritten laws of paramilitary omertà, two leading figures from opposing sides reveal their involvement in bombings, shootings and killings and speak frankly about how differently their wars came to an end. Brendan Hughes was a legend in the Republican movement. An ‘operator', a gun-runner and mastermind of some of the most savage IRA violence of the Troubles, he was a friend and close ally of Gerry Adams and was by his side during the most brutal years of the conflict. David Ervine was the most substantial political figure to emerge from the world of Loyalist paramilitaries. A former Ulster Volunteer Force bomber and confidante of its long-time leader Gusty Spence, Ervine helped steer Loyalism's gunmen towards peace, persuading the UVF's leaders to target IRA and Sinn Fein activists and push them down the road to a ceasefire. In extensive interviews given to researchers from Boston College on condition that their stories be kept secret until after their deaths, these men spoke with astonishing openness about their turbulent, violent lives. Now their stories have been woven into a vivid narrative which provides compelling insight into a secret world and events long hidden from history. Voices from the Grave is the inaugural publication. of the Boston College IRA/UVF Oral History Project of which Professor Thomas E. Hachey and Dr Robert O'Neill are the General Editors.

A Secret History of the IRA


Author: Ed Moloney
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393325027
Category: History
Page: 624
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A portrayal of the Irish Republican Army includes coverage of its associations with Qaddafi's regime, Margaret Thatcher's secret diplomacy with Gerry Adams, the Catholic church's negotiations with Republican leadership, and undisclosed activities by the Clinton administration. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Paisley

Religion and Politics in Northern Ireland
Author: Steve Bruce
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199281025
Category: History
Page: 293
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The Revd Ian Paisley is unique in having founded both a successful church and a successful and hugely influential political party. Steve Bruce traces Paisley's career and his impact on Ulster politics, and in doing so poses vital questions concerning the relationship between politics and society.

Making Peace


Author: George Mitchell
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307824489
Category: Political Science
Page: 208
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Fifteen minutes before five o'clock on Good Friday, 1998, Senator George Mitchell was informed that his long and difficult quest for an Irish peace accord had succeeded--the Protestants and Catholics of Northern Ireland, and the governments of the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, would sign the agreement. Now Mitchell, who served as independent chairman of the peace talks for the length of the process, tells us the inside story of the grueling road to this momentous accord. For more than two years, Mitchell, who was Senate majority leader under Presidents Bush and Clinton, labored to bring together parties whose mutual hostility--after decades of violence and mistrust--seemed insurmountable: Sinn Fein, represented by Gerry Adams; the Catholic moderates, led by John Hume; the majority Protestant party, headed by David Trimble; Ian Paisley's hard-line unionists; and, not least, the governments of the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, headed by Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair. The world watched as the tense and dramatic process unfolded, sometimes teetering on the brink of failure. Here, for the first time, we are given a behind-the-scenes view of the principal players--the personalities who shaped the process--and of the contentious, at times vitriolic, proceedings. We learn how, as the deadline approached, extremist violence and factional intransigence almost drove the talks to collapse. And we witness the intensity of the final negotiating session, the interventions of Ahern and Blair, the late-night phone calls from President Clinton, a last-ditch attempt at disruption by Paisley, and ultimately an agreement that, despite subsequent inflammatory acts aimed at destroying it, has set Northern Ireland's future on track toward a more lasting peace.

Northern Ireland

Conflict and Change
Author: Jonathan Tonge
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317875176
Category: Political Science
Page: 264
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Essential text for a 1 term/semester undergraduate course on Northern Ireland (usually a 2nd year option). Combines coverage of the historical context of the situation in Northern Ireland with a thorough examination of the contemporary political situation and the peace process. The book explores the issues behind the longevity of the conflict and provides a detailed analysis of the attempts to create a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.

Lost Lives

The Stories of the Men, Women and Children who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles
Author: David McKittrick
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company Limited
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 1648
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This is the story of the Northern Ireland troubles told as never before. It is not concerned with the political bickering, but with the lives of those who have suffered and the deaths which have resulted from more than three decades of conflict. Over a seven-year period, the authors examined every death which was directly caused by the troubles. Their research involved interviewing witnesses, scouring published material, and drawing on a range of investigative sources to produce this study. They trace the origins of the conflict from the firing of the first shots, through the carnage of the 1970s and 1980s and up to the republican and loyalist ceasefires and beyond. All the casualties are remembered here--the RUC officer, the young soldier, the IRA volunteer, the loyalist paramilitary, the Catholic mother, the Protestant worker, and the new-born baby.

Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction


Author: Marc Mulholland
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 019157919X
Category: History
Page: 184
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From the Plantation of Ulster in the seventeenth century to the entry into peace talks in the late twentieth century the Northern Irish people have been engaged in conflict - Catholic against Protestant, Republican against Unionist. Marc Mulholland explores the pivotal moments in Northern Irish history - the rise of republicanism in the 1800s, Home Rule and the civil rights movement, the growth of Sinn Fein and the provisional IRA, and of the opposition, the DUP, led by Dr. Ian Paisley. His detailed examination of the violent upheaval of the last century, epitomized by the killing of 13 civilian demonstrators on Bloody Sunday, culminates in the controversy surrounding the current ongoing peace process. Over 300 years on, the question still remains: can two identities and national allegiances be accommodated in the same state without oppression, rebellion, or violence? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Loyalists


Author: Peter Taylor
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408854937
Category: Political Science
Page: 384
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Based on a series of frank interviews with both the paramilitary leaders who lead loyalist strategy and the gunmen who carried out the bombings. There are also interviews with loyalist and unionist politicians who operated centre-stage, with an account of the violence of the paramilitaries. There are no images in this edition.

Northern Ireland's Lost Opportunity

The Frustrated Promise of Political Loyalism
Author: Tony Novosel
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745333106
Category: History
Page: 288
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Northern Ireland's Lost Opportunity is a unique in-depth investigation into working-class Loyalism in Northern Ireland as represented by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), the Red Hand Commando (RHC) and their political allies.In an unorthodox account, Tony Novosel argues that these groups, seen as implacable enemies by Republicans and the left, did develop a political analysis of the Northern Ireland conflict in the 1970s which involved a compromise peace with all political parties and warring factions – something that historians and writers have largely ignored. Distinctive, deeply informed and provocative, Northern Ireland's Lost Opportunity is the first study to focus not on the violent actions of the UVF/RHC but on their political vision and program which, Novosel argues, included the potential for a viable peace based on compromise with all groups, including the Irish Republican Army.

Ten Men Dead

The Story of the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike
Author: David Beresford
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780871137029
Category: History
Page: 334
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A portrait of strife-torn Northern Ireland chronicles the events that occurred when jailed IRA members demanded to be recognized as political prisoners in 1981, events that saw ten men starve themselves to death.

Melancholy Witness


Author: Sean Hillen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781845889975
Category:
Page: 120
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Melancholy Witness is the published collection of the images of Se�n Hillen's lauded exhibition of photography, documenting the years of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Combining personality with documentary history, what emerges is a powerful and compelling story of unrest, beauty and change.

Belfast Diary

War as a Way of Life
Author: John Conroy
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807002194
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 240
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Resolution of intractable problems around the world requires understanding ordinary people as well as leaders. This street-level view of Northern Ireland provides the best explanation of the twenty-five-year conflict.

Remembering the Troubles

Contesting the Recent Past in Northern Ireland
Author: Jim Smyth
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess
ISBN: 0268101760
Category: History
Page: 216
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The historian A. T. Q. Stewart once remarked that in Ireland all history is applied history—that is, the study of the past prosecutes political conflict by other means. Indeed, nearly twenty years after the 1998 Belfast Agreement, "dealing with the past" remains near the top of the political agenda in Northern Ireland. The essays in this volume, by leading experts in the fields of Irish and British history, politics, and international studies, explore the ways in which competing "social" or "collective memories" of the Northern Ireland "Troubles" continue to shape the post-conflict political landscape. /// The contributors to this volume embrace a diversity of perspectives: the Provisional Republican version of events, as well as that of its Official Republican rival; Loyalist understandings of the recent past as well as the British Army's authorized for-the-record account; the importance of commemoration and memorialization to Irish Republican culture; and the individual memory of one of the noncombatants swept up in the conflict. Tightly specific, sharply focused, and rich in local detail, these essays make a significant contribution to the burgeoning literature of history and memory. The book will interest students and scholars of Irish studies, contemporary British history, memory studies, conflict resolution, and political science. /// Contributors: Jim Smyth, Ian McBride, Ruan O’Donnell, Aaron Edwards, James W. McAuley, Margaret O’Callaghan, John Mulqueen, and Cathal Goan.

Northern Ireland

The Reluctant Peace
Author: Feargal Cochrane
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300178700
Category: History
Page: 352
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DIVDIVA foremost scholar in the field looks at Northern Ireland’s “Troubles” from the late 1960s to the present day, and questions the impact of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998./div /div

Armed Struggle

The History of the IRA
Author: Richard English
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330475789
Category: History
Page: N.A
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A timely work of major historical importance, examining the whole spectrum of events from the 1916 Easter Rising to the current and ongoing peace process, fully updated with a new afterword for the paperback edition. ‘An essential book ... closely-reasoned, formidably intelligent and utterly compelling ... required reading across the political spectrum ... important and riveting’ Roy Foster, The Times ‘An outstanding new book on the IRA ... a calm, rational but in the end devastating deconstruction of the IRA’ Henry McDonald, Observer ‘Superb ... the first full history of the IRA and the best overall account of the organization. English writes to the highest scholarly standards ... Moreover, he writes with the common reader in mind: he has crafted a fine balance of detail and analysis and his prose is clear, fresh and jargon-free ... sets a new standard for debate on republicanism’ Peter Hart, Irish Times 'The one book I recommend for anyone trying to understand the craziness and complexity of the Northern Ireland tragedy.’ Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes

The Northern Ireland Conflict

A Beginner's Guide
Author: Aaron Edwards,Cillian McGrattan
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780741715
Category: History
Page: 224
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The Northern Ireland conflict was the most protracted campaign of terrorist violence in modern history. This landmark introduction uses interviews and the latest archival material to chart the history of “The Troubles” and examine their legacy. Exploring the effects of sectarian violence, international intervention, and community relations programs, this book extends beyond the usual clichés found elsewhere.

Irish Freedom

A History of Nationalism in Ireland
Author: Richard English
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330475827
Category: History
Page: N.A
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Richard English's brilliant new book, now available in paperback, is a compelling narrative history of Irish nationalism, in which events are not merely recounted but analysed. Full of rich detail, drawn from years of original research and also from the extensive specialist literature on the subject, it offers explanations of why Irish nationalists have believed and acted as they have, why their ideas and strategies have changed over time, and what effect Irish nationalism has had in shaping modern Ireland. It takes us from the Ulster Plantation to Home Rule, from the Famine of 1847 to the Hunger Strikes of the 1970s, from Parnell to Pearse, from Wolfe Tone to Gerry Adams, from the bitter struggle of the Civil War to the uneasy peace of the early twenty-first century. Is it imaginable that Ireland might – as some have suggested – be about to enter a post-nationalist period? Or will Irish nationalism remain a defining force on the island in future years? 'a courageous and successful attempt to synthesise the entire story between two covers for the neophyte and for the exhausted specialist alike' Tom Garvin, Irish Times