How The Troubles Came To Northern Ireland / Edition 1

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This book draws upon recently released official documents and interviews with many key politicians and civil servants of the period to examine the failure of British policy to prevent the troubles. Peter Rose argues that if Harold Wilson's government in the late 60s had pursued a different policy, Northern Ireland might have been spared the troubles. Wilson had promised Catholics civil rights. However, new evidence suggests that Westminster was deliberately gagged to prevent MPs from demanding that the Stormont administration end discrimination in the province. Had the government acted on intelligence of growing Catholic unrest, it could have prevented the rise of the Provisional IRA without provoking an unmanageable Protestant backlash.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Peter Rose has produced an impressive study of a neglected topic." --Paul Bew, Queen's University of Belfast

"...a good read and accessible." --British Politics Newsletter, David A. Cowell

Paul Bew
Peter Rose has produced an impressive study of a neglected topic.
Superbly researched study...
This in-depth and succinct history situates the beginning of the Troubles in the policies of Harold Wilson's Labour government of the late 1960s. Rose (City U., London, UK) draws on an exact and extensive knowledge of the era, drawn from government archives, recently released official documents, and interviews with politicians and civil servants. The introduction provides the barest history of England's policies in Ireland before jumping into a painstaking, well-referenced history of Wilson's policies and their ultimately tragic consequences in Ireland, with many quotes included by the protagonists and contemporary sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333949412
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Series: Contemporary History in Context Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Rose is Visiting Lecturer, University of Westminster.

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Table of Contents

"Leave it to Terence": the Labour Government, October 1964-March 1966
• The "Crucially Difficult Year", April-August 1966
• Putting off the Evil Day, September 1966-May 1967
• The Phoney Peace, May 1967-March 1968
• The Road to Londonderry, April-October 1968
• "History is Against Us", November 1968-April 1969
• To the Top of the Agenda, May-August 1969
• Conclusion
• Bibliography
• Index

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