A History of Northern Ireland 1920-1996 

Hennessey's even-handed history attempts to understand the reasons for the long history of communal division, mutual suspicion, Catholic alienation, and Protestant siege mentality. 

Founded upon the partition of Ireland in 1920, Northern Ireland experienced fifty years of nervous peace under the rule of a devolved government in Belfast. 

This government, representative only of the majority Protestant unionist community, held firm until the emergence of the Nationalist Civil Rights Movement in the late 1960s, following which the province soon subsided into the civil unrest widely known as 'the Troubles'. 

The great value of this book is that it provides an overview of events since the outbreak of the Troubles up to and including the present uncertain peace process. It brings a contemporary perspective to historical events, taking account of the scholarship which has developed in Northen Ireland studies over the last twenty years. 

Author Biography 
Dr. Thomas Hennessey is a Research Fellow at the Department of Politics, The Queen's University of Belfast. He is a former Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies also at The Queen's University, Belfast and a Research Officer at the Centre for the Study of Conflict in the University of Ulster at Coleraine. 

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