What is presented here is a first draft of history, the effort to catch in a moment which is always unrepeatable the political meaning of events as they unfold in front of observers eyes.
From the Introduction
From 1994 to 2007 Paul Bew has been an avid and perceptive chronicler of the Northern Ireland peace process. He has interviewed all the leading figures involved in the Good Friday Agreement and provided incisive first-hand commentary on the negotiations for the major broadsheets on both islands. In this volume, which collects some of his most topical and prescient essays, he discusses the many crises which have afflicted the implementation of the Agreement since 1988 and which have paralysed the power-sharing institutions since 2002.
He also deals in detail with the recent attempts to revive these institutions under the hegemony of the DUP and Sinn Fin. The book concludes with an insightful discussion of the future of Northern Ireland in the context of the elections of March 2007 and the historic agreement for power-sharing between these two long-standing political adversaries.
About the Author
Paul Bew is Professor of Irish Politics at Queens University Belfast. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the author of Ireland: The Politics of Enmity, 1790-2007 in the Oxford History of Modern Europe series. In February 2007 he was appointed a cross-bench peer to the House of Lords.
- Additional Information
Author Bew, Paul Editor No Print Format Paperback ISBN-10 978-1-905785-17-9 ISBN-13 n/a Illustrations No Date of Publication May 2007 Number of Pages 160