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Northern Ireland : a chronology of the Troubles, 1968-1999
Bew, Paul.
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Revised and updated edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxi, 471 pages : maps ; 25 cm
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DA990.U46 B3593 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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A detailed account, in diary form, of the thirty-year development of civil and political unrest in Northern Ireland.

Author Notes

Paul Bew is Professor Politics in Queen's University, Belfast. Dr. Gordon Gillespie teaches in the same department. He is also working as Research Officer on a joint project---organized by the Queen's University of Ulster, the University of Ulster and Democratic Dialogue---examining the implementation of the equality agenda in Northern Ireland in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement. Both men are well known and respected commentators on the history and politics of Northern Ireland.

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Northern Ireland's Troubles have been well documented in many works. Bew and Gillespie treat the recent peace efforts in The Northern Ireland Peace Process, 1993-1996: A Chronology (1996), while a quarter century of death is covered with terrible detail in the monumental Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died through the Northern Ireland Troubles, by David McKittrick et al. (1999). The present work is a worthy companion to Lost Lives, incorporating and bringing up to date some of its content, but it is much less detailed by reason of its broader coverage. The two works together supply a picture of the Troubles that is sometimes hard to dig out of standard histories. Bew and Gillespie arrange their book by date, starting with the formation of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (February 1, 1967) and ending with an early Tony Blair proposal to end the impasse over decommissioning (May 15, 1999). In brief passages, they tell the story of the Troubles day by day in an objective, thoughtful, factual manner, and provide places to expand on topics that may be unfamiliar. It is one of the more valuable additions to the literature of the Troubles. Libraries holding the first edition should replace it with this one, and should keep Lost Lives as a companion. J. J. Doherty; Northern Arizona University