- assesses the motivations and campaigns of the IRA, UVF and UDA and other armed groups
- discusses what each paramilitary group achieved through violence
- analyses the continuing controversies surrounding the Northern Irelands dirty war
- outlines the extent of collusion between British security forces and loyalist paramilitaries
- explores how governments and political parties shaped the peace process
- scrutinizes prospects for the political development of unionism and nationalism within a devolved power sharing framework
- examines whether the sectarian divide is strengthening or weakening
- concludes by assessing whether Northern Ireland can move permanently from violence and instability to become a normal peaceful polity, in which the war is merely a historic relic
Written by an acknowledged expert in the field, Northern Ireland combines incisive analysis, original research and a lucid style to provide an important assessment of what has been described as an 800 year old problem.
List of Tables.
List of Abbreviations.
1. Theories of the Conflict.
2. The Provisional IRA.
3. The Overt War Against the IRA.
4. The Covert War Against the IRA.
5. The Politics of Sinn Fein.
6. Republican Ultras.
7. Loyalist Violence.
8. War by Other Means or the Triumph of Moderation? The Party System.
9. Auditing the Peace and Political Processes.
Feargal Cochrane, Lancaster University
"Jonathan Tonge′s knowledge of Northern Ireland is prodigious and his research is painstaking, sharp and detached. He has an eye for the telling comment. This book displays all these qualities. Not only does it audit the status of the peace process but it offers an agenda for moving politics forward. This is a must read for politicians and policy–makers as well as students."
Paul Arthur, University of User