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Abandoning Historical Conflict? : Former Paramilitary Prisoners and Political Reconciliation in Northern Ireland

Author: Catherine McGlynn; James McAuley; Jon Tonge; Peter Shirlow
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2012.
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Drawing on over 150 interviews with former IRA, INLA, UVF and UFF prisoners, this is a major analysis of why Northern Ireland has seen a transition from war to peace. Most accounts of the peace process are 'top-down', relying upon the views of political elites. This book is 'bottom-up', analysing the voices of those who actually 'fought the war'. What made them fight, why did they stop and what are the lessons for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine McGlynn; James McAuley; Jon Tonge; Peter Shirlow
ISBN: 9780719080111 0719080118
OCLC Number: 963657914
Description: 1 online resource (203 pages)
Responsibility: Catherine McGlynn, James McAuley, Jon Tonge, Peter Shirlow.
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Drawing on over 150 interviews with former IRA, INLA, UVF and UFF prisoners, this is a major analysis of why Northern Ireland has seen a transition from war to peace. Most accounts of the peace process are 'top-down', relying upon the views of political elites. This book is 'bottom-up', analysing the voices of those who actually 'fought the war'. What made them fight, why did they stop and what are the lessons for other conflict zones? Using unrivalled access to members of the armed groups, the book offers a critical appraisal of one-dimensional accounts of the onset of peace, grounded in 'mutually hurting stalemate' and 'ripeness', which downgrade the political and economic aspects of conflict. Military stalemate had been evident since the early 1970s and offers little in explaining the timing of the peace process. Moreover, republicans and loyalists based their ceasefires upon very different perceptions of transformation or victory. Based on a Leverhulme Trust project and written by an expert team, Abandoning Historical Conflict offers a new analysis, based on subtle interplays of military, political, economic and personal changes and experiences.

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