Peace in Ireland
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A second edition of Richard Bourke's classic study of the Northern Ireland Troubles, this edition includes a new preface. Peace in Ireland examines the events of 1968–2003 in broad historical perspective, including an exploration of the ideological roots of the conflict in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It covers the decisive episodes that marked the trajectory of the Troubles, from the Civil Rights Movement, Bloody Sunday, and the Sunningdale Agreement, to the hunger strikes, the paramilitary ceasefires, and the Good Friday Agreement. The book exposes the assumption that the conflict was a product of imperialism, and challenges the idea that the descent into violence was brought about by atavistic regression or ethnic solidarity. Its central argument is that the Northern Ireland debacle was a distinctly modern conflict, fought over rival aspirations to popular sovereignty. Accordingly, the book places opposing conceptions of democratic legitimacy at the center of the dispute. From this angle, it analyzes both Nationalism and Republicanism as well as Unionism and Loyalism, with the aim of providing a sustained investigation of the impact of political ideas on modern Ireland. Interest remains high in the history and context of the Troubles, and Richard Bourke, as a historian of ideas, is perfectly placed to analyze the conflict and its origins.
Richard Bourke took his BA at University College Dublin and his PhD at King’s College, Cambridge. He has published on political, intellectual, and literary history. He has frequently been a commentator on Northern Ireland for the BBC and RTÉ and has written for Financial Times, Fortnight Magazine, Irish Times, Political Quarterly, Prospect and the Times Literary Supplement. He is Professor in the History of Political Thought in the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London.
"This story is vividly and even-handedly told, based on impressive research... Bourke explores the implications with greater sophistication than almost anyone else." —Independent"A thoughtful and scholarly work." —Irish Times"Richard Bourke’s background as a historian of ideas gives him an interesting philosophical perspective on an old problem and he strives nobly and intelligently to lift the debate above the lazy clichés employed by so many peace processors and commentators." —Daily Telegraph"Fluent and vivid... Inside this big, discursive book is an urgent call to look beneath appearances to underlying appearances, and it ought to be heeded." —Financial Times