Historical Dictionary of the Northern Ireland Conflict

By (author) Gordon Gillespie

Hardback - £85.00

Publication date:

16 March 2017

Length of book:

426 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781442263048

The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Northern Ireland Conflict provides an accessible and comprehensive study of the conflict and peace process in Northern Ireland from the 1960s to 2016. The second edition of the book expands on the references relating to individuals, organizations and events of the Northern Ireland Troubles and adds material on significant subsequent developments. This the work provides a unique view of developments since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. While widely heralded as the end of the Northern Ireland conflict the agreement instead witnessed the beginning of a new series of political difficulties to be addressed. The Historical Dictionary of the Northern Ireland Conflict is the first significant reference work to examine many of the issues related to political and cultural conflicts and dealing with the past which have grown in intensity since 1998. Many of these themes will be relevant to students of post-conflict societies in other areas of the world.

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Historical Dictionary of the Northern Ireland Conflict contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture.
Independent scholar Gillespie has updated his material to 2016, picking up where the first edition (2008) ended, dividing the work into sections conforming to the publisher's typical organization: acronyms and abbreviations (with 150 listings), maps, chronology, introduction, and a separate classified bibliography. The dictionary proper has over 300 cross-referenced entries with information about events, reports, and organizations, along with individuals who have played their parts in the violent conflict known as ‘the Troubles.’… The chronology…highlights major events beginning with the formation of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in 1967 up through July 2016, when James Brokenshire became Secretary of State. The bibliography is extensive, identifying over 800 books, films, and websites. Overall, the content offers a good, quick-reference resource handy for those libraries supporting programs in Irish-UK history and politics.

Summing Up:
Recommended. High school students through researchers/faculty; general readers.