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Making Sense of the Troubles : The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland - David McKittrick

Making Sense of the Troubles

The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2002
ISBN: 9781561310708
Number Of Pages: 368

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After a chapter of background on the period from 1921 to 1963, this text on the Troubles in Northern Ireland covers the ensuing period - the descent into violence, the hunger strikes, the Anglo-Irish accord and the bombers in England - to the contemporary, shaky peace process. Behind the deluge of information and opinion about the conflict, there is a straightforward and gripping story. This text aims to tell that story, it describes and explains a lethal but fascinating time in Northen Ireland's history, which brought not only death, injury and destruction, but enormous political and social change. It closes on an optimistic note, convinced that while peace - if it comes - will always be imperfect, a corner has now been decisively turned.

Buried in the text of most histories you can detect the views of the author. Making Sense of the Troubles, the first attempt to tell the whole story of the past 30 years in Northern Ireland, is an exception. -- Anne McHardy Observer One of the great merits of David McKittrick and David McVea's book lies in the authors' ability to pinpoint the causes of trouble while avoiding oversimplification... A valuable resume of causes and effects. -- Patricia Craig Independent If you want a frank, accurate and authoritative account you cannot do much better... There could be no better guide through the intricacies of the Peace Process. This book...is likely to be the definitive account... An important book... It should be on every bookshelf. Irish Independent Comprehensive, considered and compassionate. -- Paul Arthur The Irish Times A masterly account. -- Barry White Belfast Telegraph Extraordinarily well-balanced, sane, comprehensive, and rich in sober understatement. -- Cal McCrystal Glasgow Herald This book tells a sorry tale, and it tells it with a powerful clarity... It took steady nerves to undertake such a book. -- Susan McKay Sunday Tribune

Introductionp. ix
The static society 1921-63p. 1
The O'Neill years 1963-69p. 26
Descent into violence 1969-71p. 53
The end of Stormont 1972-73p. 76
Sunningdale, strike and stalemate 1974-76p. 98
From Castlereagh to Warrenpoint 1977-79p. 118
The hungerstrikes 1980-81p. 134
Anglo-Irish accord 1982-85p. 149
Enniskillen, Libya and bombs in England 1986-93p. 167
Peace process 1993-94p. 184
Decommissioning, Docklands and Drumcree 1994-96p. 200
Breakthrough 1997-2001p. 214
Perspectivesp. 230
Chronologyp. 243
Tablesp. 325
Glossaryp. 331
Bibliographical notesp. 338
Indexp. 340
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ISBN: 9781561310708
ISBN-10: 1561310700
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: New Amsterdam Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.68