The Troubles: Ireland's Ordeal 1966–1995 and the Search for Peace

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Head of Zeus Ltd, Dec 16, 2015 - History - 607 pages

The Troubles refers to a violent thirty-year conflict, at the heart of which lay the constitutional status of Northern Ireland. Over 3,000 people were killed on all sides, and many more damaged by a legacy that continued long past 1998.

After looking at the roots of Catholic discrimination of the Northern Irish state, Coogan points to Orange prejudice in housing, education and jobs and the lack of a Catholic outlet for peaceful protest. He argues that the war in the North started as a civil rights demonstration, but that radical Orange response soon turned protest into war. He takes a close look at Ian Paisley 'the great pornographer'; John Hume, the quiet peacemaker; Gerry Adams, gunman turned peacemaker; and Albert Reynolds, the first prime minister to insist on peace.

In this controversial volume, Coogan covers all parts of the war, from Bloody Sunday in 1972 to the Bobby Sands hunger strike. Although written from a nationalist viewpoint, Coogan has taken a complicated history and explained it simply, with grace and wit.


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Marching Feet and Angry Voices
Letting Slip the Dogs of
A Job for the Army
They shot well didnt they
Playing the Orange Card
Legal Weaponry
The Media
How the Peace was Made and Threatened
List of Organisations

Activity without Movement
Law and Disorder
The Greening of the
About The Troubles

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Tim Pat Coogan is Ireland's best-known historical writer. His 1990 biography of Michael Collins rekindled interest in Collins and his era. He is also the author of: The IRA, Long Fellow, Long Shadow, Wherever Green is Worn and The Famine Plot.

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