Template for peace

Northern Ireland 1972–75

Author: Shaun McDaid

This book analyses the British government’s Northern Ireland policy between 1972 and 1975, the complex interactions between Northern Ireland political parties in the creation of a power-sharing agreement, and the importance of the British-Irish diplomatic relationship to the attempts at managing the Northern Ireland conflict during this period.

Focusing on the rise and fall of the power-sharing Executive and the Sunningdale Agreement, the book challenges a number of persistent myths, including those concerning the role of the Irish government in the Northern Ireland conflict and the British government’s secret contingency plans authored in response to the Ulster Workers’ Council strike of May 1974.

It contests the notion that years 1972 to1975 represent a ‘lost peace process’, but demonstrates that the policies established during this period provided the template for Northern Ireland’s current, on-going peace settlement.

Drawing on a range of recently released archival and contemporary sources, the book will be essential reading for scholars and students interested in contemporary Irish history and politics and the Northern Ireland conflict.

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‘McDaid provides an extremely useful guide to the political happenings and manoueverings in Northern Island during the first half of the 1970's...With repeated and expert analysis, McDaid also successfully challenges a number of persistent historical claims, particularly the notion of this period being a "lost peace process".'
Sean Huddleston, University of the West of Scotland
Irish Studies Review
October 2015

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