A History of Northern Ireland, 1920-1996

A History of Northern Ireland, 1920-1996

by Thomas Hennessy
     
 

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 was representative only of the majority Protestant unionist community while the Catholic minority sought union with the rest of the island. The Protestant fortress held firm until the emergence of… See more details below

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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 was representative only of the majority Protestant unionist community while the Catholic minority sought union with the rest of the island. The Protestant fortress held firm until the emergence of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement in the late 1960s, following which the province subsided into the civil unrest widely known as 'the Troubles'.

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. It traces the sequence of events, decade by decade, in the history of the troubled province.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Hennessey (politics, Queen's Univ. Belfast) presents a well-researched history of the North, from the 1920 partition to the violent "Troubles" of the last 30 years. (Review forthcoming in LJ 3/15/98.)
Booknews
Hennessey (politics, Queens U. of Belfast) traces what he sees as communal division, mutual suspicion, Catholic alienation, and Protestant siege mentality since the six counties were retained by the British throne as ransom for Irish home rule. He describes political events decade by decade and the differing reactions to them by nationalists and unionists. He ends his account with the lifting of the first IRA ceasefire, and sees hope for peace in Sein F<'e>in's acknowledgment of unionists' Britishness. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312211127
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
365
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.32(d)

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