Founded upon the partition of Ireland in 1920, Northern Ireland experienced 50 years of nervous peace under the rule of a devolved government in Belfast. This government was representative only of the Protestant unionist community and discriminated freely against the mirity nationalists. The Protestant fortress held firm until the emergence of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights movement in the late-1960s, following which the province subsided into the civil unrest widely kwn as The Troubles . For nearly 30 years, Northern Ireland has been a headline item in the world's newspapers and on its television screens. This book provides a comprehensive history of Northern Ireland.
THOMAS HENNESSY is a former Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University Belfast and at present teaches in the Centre for the Study of Conflict at the University of Ulster at Coleraine.