Hope Against History: The Course Of Conflict In Northern Ireland
by Jack Holland
In Northern Ireland, the conflicting claims and aspirations of Catholic and Protestant, nationalist and unionist, republican and loyalist grate against each other, at each turn escalating the potential for renewed death and destruction. Hope for a peaceful future is not enough to cont with history. In Ulster, history has vanquished hope so often that it seems an act of fol...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 280 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Henry Holt and Co.
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While the topic of the book is scintillating, the writing and integration of events lacks cohesion. Simple things (e.g., time line of events; list political and paramilitary groups, and their abbreviations; maps of Northern Ireland, and Belfast in particular) that would have made reading more palatable were lacking, making it, at times, arduous to read without a map or an on-going handwritten list of players. Holland's best writing and synthesis are found in Chapter 9, which made me wonder why s...more