Making Sense of the Troubles The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland) [Pdf New] ✓ David McKittrick

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  • Making Sense of the Troubles The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland
  • David McKittrick
  • English
  • 02 September 2020
  • 9780241962657

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Read Making Sense of the Troubles The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland Making Sense of the Troubles The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland Read & download à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free David McKittrick Π2 Read First published ten years ago Making Sense of the Troubles is widely regarded as the most comprehensive considered and compassionate history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland Written by a distinguished journalist and. Catholics and Protestants kill each other for several decades Then they stopThis is the fourth book I ve read about the Troubles since an Irish history class in college piued my interest Occasionally in bars I ll try to engage my fellow Americans in a discussion of this conflict only to watch their eyes glaze over in boredom Here s why you as an American should care about a convoluted war on the rainy edge of Europe that ended 15 years ago 1 It proves that racism has nothing to do with race If you think blackwhite racism in our country is stupid imagine the inanity of racism in a country where the two bickering populations are genetically identical You have to ask a stranger a few uestions first before you can decide whether you hate them2 It offers hope Do you think Palestine and Israel can ever get along Do you think there will ever be an end to tribal warfare in Africa The history of northern Ireland says yes Even though Catholics and Protestants still regard each other with suspicion and even though there is still a fierce climate of mistrust and fear at least they have stopped shooting each otherBasically Irish history is thus for a long time there were a bunch of clans running around in furs and kilts and they used cows as money Then the English invaded and they were total dicks for about 500 years The Irish rebelled like clockwork every century or so but it wasn t until 1920ish that they won their independence But there was a problem because in the northern part of Ireland known as Ulster there were a bunch of Protestants who didn t want to be part of Ireland They hated Catholics and saw themselves as English True the reason they were in Ireland in the first place was because the English shipped them over to colonize the north in the 1600s and that was totally unjust but their ancestors had been living there for 400 years so giving it back to the Republic of Ireland would be like giving Texas back to Mexico So Ireland was divided with most of it becoming an independent country but the north remaining part of the UK where Catholics were treated as 2nd class citizens denied jobs education housing denied votes etc They never had it as bad as blacks in the American south or Jews in Nazi Germany but it was still oppressive and if you were a Catholic in Northern Ireland you could basically work for minimum wage live in a hovel watch TV and call it a life Then in the late 60s inspired by the Civil Rights movement in America the Catholics said hey can we vote and live in nice houses The Protestants said no freaked out and started cracking skulls So the IRA came into existence got some guns and started shooting people Then the British Army got involved initially to keep the peace like a school teacher trying to keep the bullies apart on the playground but before long it was the IRA the Protestants and the British Army all shooting and bombing each other for various reasons and life sucked The IRA wanted a united Ireland the Unionists wanted to remain part of the UK the mainstream Catholics just wanted to live as they pleased the mainstream Protestants wanted to keep treating Catholics like dirt and the British Army was just trying to keep it from boiling over After a few decades of mayhem everyone got tired of killing and they decided that politics might be a better way forward So there was a cease fire and a Good Friday Agreement and the British Government said that as soon as the Catholics have a majority they can vote to become part of Ireland

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Read Making Sense of the Troubles The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland Making Sense of the Troubles The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland Read & download à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free David McKittrick Π2 Read Have now fully updated the book to take into account the momentous events of last ten years including the disbanding of the IRA Ian Paisley's deal with the Republicans and the historic power sharing goverment in Belfas. This book started out slow but then it picked up about halfway through It provides important information for understanding the troubles in Northern Ireland I learned so much about this part of Northern Ireland s history I will definitely keep what I learned in mind when I am visiting Northern Ireland this month

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Read Making Sense of the Troubles The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland Making Sense of the Troubles The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland Read & download à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free David McKittrick Î 2 Read A teacher of history in Northern Ireland it surveys the roots of the problems from 1921 onwards the descent into violence in the late sixties and the three terrible decades that followed David McKittrick and David McVea. Good for accuracy not so good for backgroundMaking Sense stays true to its objective to tell a straightforward and gripping story in an accessible way It is a straightforward readBut is it a good read Yes if you don t want to be bogged down with pre Troubles history too simplistically outlined in the book or don t need to understand the ideologies of unionism and nationalism per se In this way Making Sense feels written for a general Englishbenign foreign audienceHowever if you know some Irish history andor can appreciate the ethno nationalist competition in Northern Ireland then you may very well be let downThe factual reportage in Making Sense is flawless but the story told is not neutral Of course no account of the Troubles can be Yet after reading Making Sense one leaves with a sense that a Northern Protestants really don t like Catholics b republican violence stems from a ideological struggle while loyalist violence is just sectarian hatred c the British government could have done from 1921 forward but were frustrated by intransigent unionists All entirely acceptable to believe if one wishes but by no means a neutral or fair positionThus I was disappointed that Making Sense didn t try harder to place the Troubles in an all Ireland context This would reuire history but would help explain some unionist perspective as well as the sometimes variable relationship between the Irish Republican government and Northern nationalistsFor the general reader I would recommend A Pocket History of Ulster by Brian Bardon ISBN 086278428x For detail try A History of Northern Ireland 1920 1996 by Thomas Hennessey ISBN 0717124002 who has also written a book on the Northern Ireland peace process ISBN 0717129462 Clementine Rose and the Famous Friend Clementine Rose #7 not so good for backgroundMaking Sense stays true to its objective to tell a straightforward and gripping story in an accessible way It is a straightforward readBut is it a good read Yes if you don t want to be bogged down with pre Troubles history too simplistically outlined in the book or don t Six Degrees The Science of a Connected Age Open Market Edition need to understand the ideologies of unionism and Peytons Ride Riding With The Hunt #1 nationalism per se In this way Making Sense feels written for a general Englishbenign foreign audienceHowever if you know some Irish history andor can appreciate the ethno Genesis Elemental Enmity #3 nationalist competition in Northern Ireland then you may very well be let downThe factual reportage in Making Sense is flawless but the story told is Dominion neutral Of course برج الرومي أبواب الموت no account of the Troubles can be Yet after reading Making Sense one leaves with a sense that a Northern Protestants really don t like Catholics b republican violence stems from a ideological struggle while loyalist violence is just sectarian hatred c the British government could have done from 1921 forward but were frustrated by intransigent unionists All entirely acceptable to believe if one wishes but by Dear Leader Poet Spy Escapee A Look Inside North Korea no means a The Rope Carrier neutral or fair positionThus I was disappointed that Making Sense didn t try harder to place the Troubles in an all Ireland context This would reuire history but would help explain some unionist perspective as well as the sometimes variable relationship between the Irish Republican government and Northern It's All in Your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness nationalistsFor the general reader I would recommend A Pocket History of Ulster by Brian Bardon ISBN 086278428x For detail try A History of Northern Ireland 1920 1996 by Thomas Hennessey ISBN 0717124002 who has also written a book on the Northern Ireland peace process ISBN 0717129462