This highly readable exploration of the central issues and debates about Northern Ireland sets these in the historical context of hundreds of years of conflict. It tackles many questions, such as: What accounts for the perpetuation of ethnic and religious conflict in Ireland? Why has armed violence proven so hard to control? Who are the major figures and issues in the conflict? Can we expect more "Northern Irelands" in the future?
About the Author
Marc Mulholland is a Fellow in Modern History at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. His publications include Northern Ireland at the Crossroads: Ulster Unionism in the O'Neill Years 1960-1969 (Macmillian, St Martin's Press, 2000)
Table of Contents
1. Divided Ulster: from Plantation to Partition
2. Home Rule in Ulster: Stormont's Record
3. Life Cheapens: The Descent into War
4. The Long War
5. The Long 'Peace'