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Northern Ireland, 1921-1994: Political Forces and Social Classes Paul Bew

Northern Ireland, 1921-1994: Political Forces and Social Classes

Paul Bew

Published January 1st 1995
ISBN : 9781897959084
Paperback
256 pages
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As Northern Ireland braces itself for a return to conflict after eighteen months of peace, the new edition of this path-breaking study could scarcely be more timely. Covering the entire period between partition and the end of the IRAs ceasefire inMoreAs Northern Ireland braces itself for a return to conflict after eighteen months of peace, the new edition of this path-breaking study could scarcely be more timely. Covering the entire period between partition and the end of the IRAs ceasefire in 1996, the authors take issue with the stereotypes which portray the old Unionist state and the Protestant population as unchanging and monolithic and Catholics as uniformly alienated from the political establishment. Three of Irelands most respected historians have written an accessible yet sophisticated history which shows how the divisions between the old Orange elite and the broader Protestant population created an explosive political dynamic. Using a wide range of primary sources, they lay bare the key issues of Northern Irelands history from the establishment of the B Specials after partition to the stark realities of Direct Rule from London. Revisionist history has been much discussed in recent years. In an Irish context this does not mean denying past realities, but reassessing the countrys history in a way which acknowledges the importance of specifically Irish factors in bringing about historical change rather than laying responsibility for all Irelands woes at Englands door. This highly acclaimed study is a landmark in that new history.