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Making Sense of the Troubles


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Part 1 Introduction ix Part 2 THE STATIC SOCIETY 1 Chapter 3 1921-63 Part 4 THE O'NEILL YEARS 26 Chapter 5 1963-69 Part 6 DESCENT INTO VIOLENCE 53 Chapter 7 1969-71 Part 8 THE END OF STORMONT 76 Chapter 9 1972-73 Part 10 SUNNINGDALE, STRIKE & STALEMATE 98 Chapter 11 1974-76 Part 12 FROM CASTLEREAGH TO WARRENPOINT 118 Chapter 13 1977-79 Part 14 THE HUNGERSTRIKES 134 Chapter 15 1981-81 Part 16 ANGLO-IRISH ACCORD 149 Chapter 17 1982-85 Part 18 ENNISKILLEN, LIBYA & BOMBS IN ENGLAND 167 Chapter 19 1986-93 Part 20 PEACE PROCESS 184 Chapter 21 1993-94 Part 22 DECOMMISSIONING, DOCKLANDS & DRUMCREE 200 Chapter 23 1994-96 Part 24 BREAKTHROUGH 214 Chapter 25 1997-2001 Part 26 PERSPECTIVES 230 Part 27 CHRONOLOGY 243 Part 28 TABLES 325 Part 29 GLOSSARY 331 Part 30 BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES 338 Part 31 INDEX 340

About the Author

David McKittrick writes for the Independent and is a winner of the Orwell Prize for Journalism. In 1999 he was named correspondent of the year by the BBC's What the Papers Say. He has reported on Northern Ireland since 1973. David McVea was, for many years, head of the politics department at a leading Belfast grammar school. He now works for Northern Ireland's examinations board. With David McKittrick he helped to produce the book Lost Lives, which tells the stories of all those who died as a result of the Troubles.


Buried in the text of most histories you can detect the views of the author. Making Sense of the Troubles, the first attempt to tell the whole story of the past 30 years in Northern Ireland, is an exception. -- Anne McHardy * Observer *
One of the great merits of David McKittrick and David McVea's book lies in the authors' ability to pinpoint the causes of trouble while avoiding oversimplification.... A valuable resume of causes and effects. -- Patricia Craig * Independent *
If you want a frank, accurate and authoritative account you cannot do much better.... There could be no better guide through the intricacies of the Peace Process. This likely to be the definitive account.... An important book.... It should be on every bookshelf. * Irish Independent *
Comprehensive, considered and compassionate. -- Paul Arthur * Irish Times *
A masterly account. -- Barry White * Belfast Telegraph *
Extraordinarily well-balanced, sane, comprehensive, and rich in sober understatement. -- Cal McCrystal * Glasgow Herald *
This book tells a sorry tale, and it tells it with a powerful clarity.... It took steady nerves to undertake such a book. -- Susan McKay * Sunday Tribune *

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