List of Tables.
List of Abbreviations.
1. Theories of the Conflict.
2. The Provisional IRA.
3. The Overt War Against the IRA.
4. The Covert War Against the IRA.
5. The Politics of Sinn Fein.
6. Republican Ultras.
7. Loyalist Violence.
8. War by Other Means or the Triumph of Moderation? The Party System.
9. Auditing the Peace and Political Processes.
Feargal Cochrane, Lancaster University
"Jonathan Tonge's knowledge of Northern Ireland is prodigious and his research is painstaking, sharp and detached. He has an eye for the telling comment. This book displays all these qualities. Not only does it audit the status of the peace process but it offers an agenda for moving politics forward. This is a must read for politicians and policy-makers as well as students."
Paul Arthur, University of User
- Written by a leading authority on ‘the troubles’, this book provides an ideal introduction to the most bitter and prolonged ethnic conflict in Western Europe since 1945
- Sets out the history and motivations of each of the groups involved and analyses the tactics used by British security forces to undermine paramiliary activity and politicise the struggles
- Shows how, after more than three decades of violence, Northern Ireland is moving erratically towards a more peaceful phase
- Offers in-depth coverage of the latest events, from the Good Friday agreement to the suspension of the Stormont Assembly and the IRA’s implication in the recent bank robbery in Belfast