Long War: The IRA and Sinn Fein, 1985 to Today / Edition 2

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A detailed, accurate, objective and lively account of the modern IRA and Sinn Fein movements, from the first stirrings of the contemporary armed struggle through to the Good Friday Agreement and after. The book examines Republican policies and activities, and provides a fascinating account of the long, arduous road from arms to politics. It outlines the role of all major players - Adams, McGuinness, O Bradaigh, Thatcher, Major, Kennedy, Hume, Haughey, Blair, Clinton ... It also includes interviews with a wide range of Republican men and women in their strongholds.
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O'Brien, a senior current affairs reporter with RT<'E> television, draws on 20 years of experience reporting on Northern Ireland and on extensive contacts within various Republican movements to present a detailed, objective account of the modern IRA and Sinn F<'e>in movements, from the first stirrings of the contemporary armed struggle through the Good Friday agreement and after. He examines Republican policies and activities, and provides an account of the long road from arms to politics. Includes b&w news photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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This revealing study chronicles in detail the very active history of the relationship among the Irish Republican Army, its political arm Sinn F‚in, and the British government from the early 1980s to the present day. Basing much of his material on interviews with participants on all sides of the Anglo-Irish question, and dealing with issues in an objective, well-balanced manner, O'Brien, a senior political correspondent of the Irish television network RTE, "...avoids the language of condemnation or confrontation."-- The Irish Independent. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815605973
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Irish Studies Series
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 445
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 13
Pt. I Understanding the Conflict
Ch. 1 The Unfinished Business 19
Ch. 2 In the Heartlands I - Belfast 30
Ch. 3 In the Heartlands II - Derry, Fermanagh, South Armagh 51
Ch. 4 British and Proud of It 81
Pt. II Charting the Change
Ch. 5 The Coming of the Northerners 103
Ch. 6 Going Slightly Constitutional 118
Ch. 7 The Libyan Connection 133
Ch. 8 Sickening the British 154
Pt. III Into the Nineties
Ch. 9 Ballot and Bullet 195
Ch. 10 A Door Is Opened 209
Ch. 11 Moving into Dialogue 224
Ch. 12 Constitutional Stalemate 240
Ch. 13 Towards the Endgame 263
Ch. 14 Their Hand Is Forced 286
Ch. 15 The Long Stages of Peace 325
Ch. 16 'Back to Porridge': The Cessation Collapses 346
Ch. 17 Return to Peace: The Good Friday Agreement 365
Notes 396
App. 1 Extracts from the Green Book, IRA training manual
App. 2 IRA General Army Orders
App. 3 Towards a Lasting Peace in Ireland, Sinn Fein document
App. 4 Irish Government document presented at 1992 political talks
App. 5 British Government statement at Strand Two talks, 1992
App. 6 Proposals for a Settlement - a republican document, 1993
App. 7 Joint Declaration, 1993
App. 8 Letter from IRA Army Council to the Irish Government via Intermediaries, April 1993
App. 9 Hume-Adams Document or 'Irish Peace Initiative', 1992/3
App. 10 The Belfast Agreement, 10 April 1998 (Good Friday) - Extracts
Glossary 429
Index 431
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