Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 June 2012

224 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719087448

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Abandoning Historical Conflict?

Former political prisoners and reconciliation in Northern Ireland

Peter Shirlow, Jon Tonge, James McAuley, and Catherine McGlynn

Published by Manchester University Press

  • The most in-depth and exhaustive study of the reasons why peace came to Northern Ireland - from the point of view of those who fought in the conflict
  • Based on a major research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust
  • Sheds light on why prisoners chose to end their war in Northern Ireland and how the experience of this process is vital for resolving conflicts elsewhere in the world
  • Much of the research is based on rare access to over 150 Republican and Loyalist prisoners, including prominent figures in the IRA, INLA, UVF, UDA and UFF
  • Assesses whether their war is truly over or is being conducted by other means and rejects simplistic accounts that the 'war' ended because of stalemate
  • Winner of the PSAI Brian Farrell Book Prize for the Best Book on Politics

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