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Making the PeacePublic Order and Public Security in Modern Britain$
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Charles Townshend

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229780.001.0001

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Threatening the Life of the Nation

Threatening the Life of the Nation

(p.167) 8 Threatening the Life of the Nation
Making the Peace

Charles Townshend

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the constitutional and legal crisis in the United Kingdom during the 1970s. It suggests that the turmoil in Northern Ireland after 1969 resembled earlier Irish crises. The general parameters and the precise geographical fault lines of such civil conflicts appear to be transmitted with disconcerting exactness from past ages. The most prominent sign of petrifaction was the eviternity of the Irish Republican Army, the state's chief antagonist and tormentor.

Keywords:   constitutional crisis, legal crisis, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Irish crises, Irish Republican Army

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