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Abandoning Historical Conflict?: Former Political Prisoners and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland

Peter Shirlow, Jon Tonge, and James McAuley


Drawing on more than 150 interviews with former IRA, INLA, UVF and UFF prisoners, this book is a major analysis of why Northern Ireland has seen a transition from war to peace. Most accounts of the peace process are ‘top-down’, relying upon the views of political elites. This book is ‘bottom-up’, analysing the voices of those who actually ‘fought the war’. What made them fight, why did they stop and what are the lessons for other conflict zones? Using unrivalled access to members of the armed groups, the book offers a critical appraisal of one-dimensional accounts of the onset of peace, ground ... More

Keywords: Northern Ireland, armed groups, conflict, peace process, republicans, loyalists, ceasefires, former prisoners, violence, peace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719080111
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719080111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Shirlow, author

Jon Tonge, author

James McAuley, author