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Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #82)

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From the plantation of Ulster in the 17th century to the entry into peace talks in the late 20th century the Northern Irish people have been engaged in conflict - Catholic against Protestant, Republican against Unionist.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 23rd 2003)
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This is a tiny book, only five chapters. I realize that to minimize the text something would have to be omitted. What actually is lost is the entire meaning of the events of the creation and troubles of Northern Ireland. For one thing, no map to orient yourself. The author clearly adores his thesaurus, and uses obscure words for no reason. His time periods alternate by decades, and while he relates anecdotal events, he doesn't tie them together in any sort of cohesive way so as to make the subje ...more
Gives balanced background to The Troubles and analysis of causes, tactics and aims of the different sides. The author does however suppose a level of prior knowledge of terms and places and people that have done with explaining. Furthermore, add the book was written in 2002 it is not up-to-date. A new edition covering the on-going power-sharing governmental situation would be interesting.
Don’t be fooled by the title, although rather short, this book is a somewhat academic text covering mainly the political aspects of Northern Ireland. Taking its starting point in the 1700th century, the book covers the political history of the region up to the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement of 1998 and to some extent its effects. Interesting read, I found the chapters covering the modern history of Northern Ireland (i.e. about the Troubles) most fascinating. The tips about further reading conta ...more
Reads like it was chopped from a longer, more comprehensive text. My biggest frustration is with the many sudden introductions of previously undefined terms.
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