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IrelandThe Politics of Enmity 1789-2006$
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Paul Bew

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561261

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561261.001.0001

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‘Unbearably Oldfashioned and Pointless’: The Era of the Troubles, 1968–2005

‘Unbearably Oldfashioned and Pointless’: The Era of the Troubles, 1968–2005

(p.486) 11 ‘Unbearably Oldfashioned and Pointless’: The Era of the Troubles, 1968–2005

Paul Bew

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ‘Era of Troubles’ of Ireland from 1968 to 2005. The first section of this chapter examines politics after the Stormont regime from 1972 to 1974. The second section explores Harold Wilson and British withdrawal. The third section examines the hunger strikes and the stabilisation of policy. The fourth section looks into the Anglo–Irish Agreement of November 1985 and the Hillsborough Accord. The fifth section discusses the ongoing peace process. The sixth and seventh sections deal with the creation and the breaking of the Good Friday Agreement. The discussion notes that brutality of the IRA campaign bred another brutality by intensifying a loyalist predilection for violence already visible in 1966. The broad outline history of violent death in the Troubles has not been disputed. Yet all this horror was underpinned by the safety-net provided for by the British state.

Keywords:   Troubles, Good Friday Agreement, peace process, British withdrawal, Wilson, Ireland, hunger strike, Hillsborough

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