A History of Northern Ireland 1920-1996
Hennessey's even-handed history attempts to understand the reasons for the long
history of communal division, mutual suspicion, Catholic alienation, and
Protestant siege mentality.
Founded upon the partition of Ireland in 1920, Northern Ireland experienced
fifty years of nervous peace under the rule of a devolved government in Belfast.
This government, representative only of the majority Protestant unionist
community, held firm until the emergence of the Nationalist Civil Rights
Movement in the late 1960s, following which the province soon subsided into the
civil unrest widely known as 'the Troubles'.
The great value of this book is that it provides an overview of events since the
outbreak of the Troubles up to and including the present uncertain peace
process. It brings a contemporary perspective to historical events, taking
account of the scholarship which has developed in Northen Ireland studies over
the last twenty years.
Dr. Thomas Hennessey is a Research Fellow at the Department of Politics, The
Queen's University of Belfast. He is a former Fellow of the Institute of Irish
Studies also at The Queen's University, Belfast and a Research Officer at the
Centre for the Study of Conflict in the University of Ulster at Coleraine.
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