The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland

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The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland

Peace Lectures from the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University


November 1st, 2007

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The best-selling first edition of The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland (0853236771) included essays from Senator George J. Mitchell, Sir David Goodall, Sir George Quigley, Lord Owen and Niall O’Dowd among others, and demonstrated the evolution of peace in Ireland, culminating in the Good Friday Agreement. Now Marianne Elliott, one of the world’s leading historians of Ireland, has updated the book and commissioned new essays to ensure that this vital resource for students, scholars, politicians and the interested general reader continues to illuminate the peace process through the words of some of its pivotal figures. The essays all relate to the nature of peacemaking as a process rather than an event signalled by the signing of an agreement. The significant role of ‘third party’ diplomacy is touched on by many contributors, as is the need for pragmatism, compromise, and a recognition that it is those people at the polar extremes of any dispute that have to be drawn in if a lasting agreement is to be achieved.

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Professor Marianne Elliott, the Director of the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies, is internationally recognised as one of Ireland's leading historians and is best known for her acclaimed biography 'Wolfe Tone: Prophet of Irish Independence' (Yale), which won numerous awards and for 'The Catholics of Ulster: A History' (Penguin).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
List of Contributors10
List of Illustrations14
Introduction to Revised Edition15
Achieving Transformational Change25
The Resolution of Armed Conflict: Internationalization and its Lessons, Particularly in Northern Ireland39
Some Reflections on Successful Negotiation in South Africa58
The Secrets of the Oslo Channels: Lessons from Norwegian Peace Facilitation in the Middle East, Central America and the Balkans68
The Awakening: Irish-America’s Key Role in the Irish Peace Process81
‘Give Us Another MacBride Campaign’: An Irish-American Contribution to Peaceful Change in Northern Ireland92
Towards Peace in Northern Ireland103
Neither Orange March nor Irish Jig: Finding Compromise in Northern Ireland110
Mountain-climbing Irish-style: The Hidden Challenges of the Peace Process123
The Good Friday Agreement: A Vision for a New Order in Northern Ireland133
Hillsborough to Belfast: Is It the Final Lap?138
Defining Republicanism: Shifting Discourses of New Nationalism and Post-republicanism147
Conflict, Memory and Reconciliation161
Keeping Going: Beyond Good Friday171
Religion and Identity in Northern Ireland189
Getting to Know the ‘Other’: Inter-church Groups and Peace-building in Northern Ireland206
Enduring Problems: The Belfast Agreement and a Disagreed Belfast221