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Introduction: Northern Ireland in British Politics

  • Peter Catterall
  • Sean McDougall
Part of the Contemporary History in Context Series book series (CHIC)

Abstract

In 1991 Peter Brooke, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, talked of trying to establish a three-stranded negotiation process on the future of Northern Ireland: between unionists and nationalists within Northern Ireland, between North and South on the island of Ireland and between the British and Irish Governments. This formulation reflected some of the many dimensions there are to the Northern Ireland question. There was, however, another dimension — one which Brooke chose to ignore and which has generally been under-explored in the voluminous literature on Northern Ireland. It is this fourth strand, that between the people of Northern Ireland and the Government of the United Kingdom, which is the focus of this study.

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British Government Irish Government Hunger Strike Direct Rule Declaratory Policy 
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Notes

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    Peter Catterall (ed.), Contemporary Britain: An Annual Review 1992 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992), p. 1.Google Scholar
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    Winston Churchill, The World Crisis, Vol. 6: The Aftermath (London: Thornton Butterworth, 1923), pp. 319–20.Google Scholar
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    Reginald Maudling quoted in M. Hall, Twenty Years: A Concise Chronology of Events in Northern Ireland, 1968–88 (Newtownabbey: Island, 1988), pp. 22–3.Google Scholar
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    See D. George Boyce (ed.), The Crisis of British Unionism: The Domestic Political Papers of the Second Earl of Selborne, 1885–1922 (London: he Historians’ Press, 1987), pp. xii–xiii.Google Scholar
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    Robert Rhodes James, The British Revolution: British Politics 1880–1939 (London: Methuen, 1978), p. 430.Google Scholar

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© The Institute of Contemporary British History 1996

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  • Peter Catterall
  • Sean McDougall

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