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War and an Irish Town

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Eamonn McCann's account of what it is like to grow up a Catholic in a Northern Irish ghetto - first published in 1974 - quickly became a classic account of the feelings generated by British rule. The author was at the centre of events in Derry which first brought Northern Ireland to world attention. He witnessed the gradual transformation of the civil rights movement from ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published October 31st 1993 by Pluto Press (first published January 1st 1980)
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Tim
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this book about 20 or 25 years ago when the "Troubles" in Ireland were still a big, tragic mess. Thank God that’s pretty much history (or at least appears to be). It’s an enlightening read about the lousy situation the Catholics in Ulster faced, what it was like to grow up in that, how the mess developed over time, how the authorities often did the absolute wrong thing, and how ordinary people almost naturally and necessarily became radicalized. Taking human nature as something relatively ...more
Allan
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Had this been purely a social history of the rise of the Civil Rights movement in 1960s Derry, and a portrayal of the descent into anarchy, first with the Battle of the Bogside, then with the rise of the Provisionals in the early 70s, this would've been a solid 4 star for me, but I became lost at times in the latter stages of the book, in which McCann pontificates on a number of subjects.

That said, this is definitely a worthwhile read to get a feeling for the inequality suffered by the majority
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Jan 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
revolutionary praxis at the center of this study on the irish troubles. thoughtful historical analysis of the material interests at play in the south and north of ireland and britain to reinforce divisions, maintain stratification and subordinate a class movement.
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Shelves: own, radical-bios
"they divided both to conquer each..."
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