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Northern Ireland 19212001
Political Forces and Social Classes
Paul Bew, Peter Gibbon, Henry Patterson

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 • 304 pages
ISBN 9781897959381 • paperback • $24.95

Revised & updated edition

Despite disagreements over arms decommissioning, peace continues to hold in Northern Ireland, and this highly praised study traces the province's history from partition in 1921 to today’s peace process. Widely acknowledged as the best informed academic observers of Northern Irish politics, the authors look behind the handshakes on the White House lawn and provide a fascinating insight into history as it unfolds in the headlines and on news bulletins.

This sophisticated yet accessible history provides a nuanced analysis of the Six County state's development, showing how the divisions between the old Orange elite and the broader Protestant population created an uncontrollable political dynamic and sowed the seeds of the state's destruction. Using a wide range of primary sources, the authors lay bare the key issues of Northern Ireland's history, from the establishment of the B Specials shortly after partition to the realities of Direct Rule from London.

This revised and updated new edition covers developments until 2001 and, like its acclaimed predecessors, will be the standard work on the subject.


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"Excellent."-Fintan O'Toole

"Puts Ulster's past back into its Irish context with deep learning and few illusions."-New Statesman and Society

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