The Northern Ireland conflict is the most protracted and bitter campaign of terrorist violence in modern history. Despite decommissioning and political compromise, violent incidents are still rife and Unionists and Nationalists are as segregated as ever. This landmark introduction uses the latest archival material to chart the history of The Troubles and examine their legacy. Exploring the effects of sectarian violence, British intervention, and efforts to improve community relations, this astute book extends beyond the usual cliches found elsewhere.
"Outstanding. The division of the book into narrative and thematic sections was inspired. I would certainly recommend it."
– Thomas Hennessey - Reader in History, University of Canterbury and author of A History of Northern I
"Illuminating and challenging. Caters well for both the newcomer the old hands who have grown jaded with the current state of conventional wisdom."
– Henry Patterson - Professor of Politics, University of Ulster and author of "Ireland Since 1939"
"An excellent introduction. It draws on an impressive range of sources and is admirably clear-sighted about the problems that remain in the wake of the 1998 Agreement. The book is particularly strong on the question of the legacy of the troubles."
– Graham Walker - Professor of Political History, Queen's University, Belfast and author of A History
"A fine work. Essential reading for anyone concerned with the political, social and historical elements of the conflict."
– Martin Dillon - Author of The Shankill Butchers and former BBC journalist
"Lively and accessible. One of the best guides yet to the divisions which afflict Northern Ireland. Accurate and engaging."
– Jonathan Tonge - Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool and author of Sinn Fein and th
"A fresh and passionate contribution. [It] deserves as wide a readership as possible."
– Arthur Aughey - Professor of Politics, University of Ulster and author of The Politics of Northern I