Violent politics : strategies of internal conflict / Michael Addison.

Addison, Michael, 1935-2000 [Browse]
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, in association with St. Antony's College, Oxford, 2002.
xvi, 244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.


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"Violent politcs in Northern Ireland has lasted thirty years and cost four thousand lives and billions of pounds. Many such conflicts afflict the world. This book describes the search for causes and solutions. It identifies the key factors driving violent politics and the range of counter-strategies. It analyzes the course of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the results of the counter-measures used. The conclusions are disturbing. The recommendations are controversial, but difficult to escape. Politics is one method of solving conflicts. War is another. Violent politcs - lying in the zone between peace and war - is a third, used increasingly to trump conventional politics. Michael Addison, soldier and scholar, explores the history and myths of terrorism he describes the search for causes and solutions he identifies the key factors driving violent politics and the range of counter strategies. In particular, he challenges conventional thinking on thirty-three years of conflict in Northern Ireland, through battle, tribal warfare, stalemate then peace process. With thousands dead, tens of thousands injured or maimed and bilions spent, Violent Politics asks: Could the people of Northern Ireland have been better served? Should the Peace Process fail, what next?"--Publisher's information.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-238) and index.
  • Foreword / Bruce Hoffman
  • Foreword / Simon Winchester
  • Violence and Politics: The Search for Meaning
  • The Search for Theory
  • The Search for Strategy
  • Politics: Northern Ireland 1968-98
  • Violence: Northern Ireland 1968-98
  • Crime: Northern Ireland 1968-78
  • Countermeasures: Criminal Law
  • Countermeasures: Political Crime
  • Countermeasures: Internal War
  • Countermeasures Outside the Law
  • Conclusions and Consequences.
  • 0333730852 ((alk. paper))
  • 9780333730850 ((alk. paper))
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