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‘…for peace comes dropping slow.’ Lessons from the middle in Northern Ireland’s peace process.

CRAIG, Tony (2021) ‘…for peace comes dropping slow.’ Lessons from the middle in Northern Ireland’s peace process. Journal of Applied History, 3. ISSN 2589-5893

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This article considers Northern Ireland’s history of conflict through a lens that emphasizes conciliation over conflict. It demonstrates how numerous state, social and economic groups actively attempted to avoid, rectify or oppose Northern Ireland’s conflict. In doing so, the article argues that long before (and after) the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 was reached subtle changes at the societal level helped both restrain and later ameliorate the conflict there. This emphasis questions the utility of more (para)militarized histories of Northern Ireland’s Troubles by seeing the peace process as the growth of conciliation rather than the attenuation of violence. Applying this to what is widely regarded as the polarization of politics in the contemporary United States, the article highlights how the emphasis on violent events in the public mind can actively obscure a more consistent, if gradual, current flowing in a different direction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Northern Ireland, Peace Process, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Amelioration, Stabilization, Democracy
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > International Studies and History
Depositing User: Tony CRAIG
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2021 15:52
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:02

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