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

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

by David McKittrick, David McVea
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Compellingly written and even-handed in its judgments, this is by far the clearest account of what has happened through the years in the Northern Ireland conflict, and why. After a chapter of background on the period from 1921 to 1963, it covers the ensuing period—the descent into violence, the hunger strikes, the Anglo-Irish accord, the bombers in England—to the present shaky peace process. Behind the deluge of information and opinion about the conflict, there is a straightforward and gripping story. Mr. McKittrick and Mr. McVea tell that story clearly, concisely, and, above all, fairly, avoiding intricate detail in favor of narrative pace and accessible prose. They describe and explain a lethal but fascinating time in Northern Ireland's history, which brought not only death, injury, and destruction but enormous political and social change. They close on an optimistic note, convinced that while peace—if it comes—will always be imperfect, a corner has now been decisively turned. The book includes a detailed chronology, statistical tables, and a glossary of terms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561310708
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 03/18/2002
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 322,185
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

David McKittrick writes for the Independent and is a winner of the Orwell Prize for Journalism. In 1999 he was named correspondent of the year by the BBC's What the Papers Say. He has reported on Northern Ireland since 1973. David McVea was, for many years, head of the politics department at a leading Belfast grammar school. He now works for Northern Ireland's examinations board. With David McKittrick he helped to produce the book Lost Lives, which tells the stories of all those who died as a result of the Troubles.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction ix Part 2 THE STATIC SOCIETY 1 Chapter 3 1921-63 Part 4 THE O'NEILL YEARS 26 Chapter 5 1963-69 Part 6 DESCENT INTO VIOLENCE 53 Chapter 7 1969-71 Part 8 THE END OF STORMONT 76 Chapter 9 1972-73 Part 10 SUNNINGDALE, STRIKE & STALEMATE 98 Chapter 11 1974-76 Part 12 FROM CASTLEREAGH TO WARRENPOINT 118 Chapter 13 1977-79 Part 14 THE HUNGERSTRIKES 134 Chapter 15 1981-81 Part 16 ANGLO-IRISH ACCORD 149 Chapter 17 1982-85 Part 18 ENNISKILLEN, LIBYA & BOMBS IN ENGLAND 167 Chapter 19 1986-93 Part 20 PEACE PROCESS 184 Chapter 21 1993-94 Part 22 DECOMMISSIONING, DOCKLANDS & DRUMCREE 200 Chapter 23 1994-96 Part 24 BREAKTHROUGH 214 Chapter 25 1997-2001 Part 26 PERSPECTIVES 230 Part 27 CHRONOLOGY 243 Part 28 TABLES 325 Part 29 GLOSSARY 331 Part 30 BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES 338 Part 31 INDEX 340

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Anne McHardy

Buried in the text of most histories you can detect the views of the author. ...[This] is an exception.

Irish Independent

If you want a frank, accurate and authoritative account you cannot do much better.... It should be on every bookshelf.

Patricia Craig

[A]...great merit of [the] lies in the authors' ability to pinpoint the causes of trouble while avoiding oversimplification....

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