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Clearly and accessibly written and based on extensive research, Paul Dixon's book provides a lively new introduction to the nature and politics of the Northern Ireland conflict and to successive attempts to resolve it. Attempting to separate "propaganda war" rhetoric from underlying realities and perceptions, the book opens up new insights into the objectives and limitations faced by the main competing parties.

Author Biography: Paul Dixon is Lecturer in Government, University of Ulster.

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Praise for the first edition:
"Required reading for all courses on Irish politics."—Arthur Aughey, Parliamentary Affairs
"An excellent survey... that will be particularly useful to students studying the conflict."—Christopher Reeves, Political Studies
"Dixon writes well and offers a fair-minded treatment of a complex subject. This will be a popular book with undergraduates."—Jonathan Tonge, University of Salford
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230507784
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL DIXON is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Kingston.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 The Approach and Argument: Power, Ideology and 'Reality' 26
3 The Inevitability of Irish Unity? Northern Ireland 1921-68 47
4 The Civil Rights Movement 67
5 The Crisis of British Policy over Northern Ireland 1968-73 98
6 The First Peace Process 1972-74: The Power-Sharing Experiment and its Failure 129
7 The Limits of British Policy 1974-81: From Withdrawal to Integration 158
8 The Anglo-Irish Agreement: Origins and Impact 190
9 Endgame? The Origins of the Second Peace Process 1988-94 215
10 Bridging the Gap? The Peace Process 1994-2000 244
11 Conclusion: The Politics of War and Peace 281
Bibliography 308
Index 318
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