This is a bold and timely analysis of the conflict in Northern Ireland, offering a comprehensive, up-to-date and constructively critical evaluation of the massive outpouring of literature on the subject. John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary examine the most common explanations of the conflict - nationalist, unionist, Marxist, religious, cultural and economic - highlighting their shortcomings and placing Northern Ireland within a comparative context. Synthesizing their conclusions, the authors advance a realistic but imaginative prognosis for conflict-resolution in this most troubled region.
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About the Author
John McGarry is Associate Professor in the Department ofHistory and Politics, at King's College, University of WesternOntario.
Brendan O'Leary is Reader in Political Science and PublicAdministration in the Department of Government at the London Schoolof Economics and Political Science, University of London. Theirprevious works include The Future of Northern Ireland(1990); The Politics of Antagonism: Understanding NorthernIreland,(1993) and, with Tom Lyne, Jim Marshall and BobRowthorn, Northern Ireland: Sharing Authority.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Explanations and Images.
Part I: External Explanations:.
1. Nationalist Discourses.
2. Green Political Economy.
3. Unionist Discourses.
4. Revisionist Marxism.
Part II: Internal Explanations: .
5. Warring Gods: Theological Tales.
6. Fiery Values: Cultural Interpretations.
7. Mammon and Utility: Liberal Economic Reasonings.
Part III: Synthesis and Futures:.
8. No Place Apart: Comparative Political Analysis.
9. Pain-killers, Panaceas and Solvents.
Appendix A: The Joint Declaration for Peace (December 1993).
Appendix B: Analysis of the Text of the Joint PeaceDeclaration.
Glossary and Terminology.