In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a civil war started in Northern Ireland. This book tells that story through Belfast and Derry, using original archival research to trace how multiple and overlapping conflicts unfolded on their streets. The Troubles grew out of a political process that mobilised opponents and defenders of the Stormont regime, and which also dragged London and Dublin into the crisis. Drawing upon government papers, police reports, army files, intelligence summaries, evidence to inquiries and parish chronicles, this book sheds fresh light on key events such as the 5 October 1968 march, the Battle of the Bogside, the Belfast riots of August 1969, the ‘Battle of St Matthew’s’ (June 1970) and the Falls Road curfew (July 1970).
Prince and Warner offer us two richly-detailed, engaging narratives that intertwine to present a new history of the start of the Troubles in Belfast and Derry – one that also establishes a foundation for comparison with similar developments elsewhere in the world.
Table of Contents
1. Before October
2. The Divis Street Riots of 1964
3. Between the IRA and the UVF
4. The Day the Troubles Began
5. The Civil Rights Movement
6. To the Brink in Belfast
7. The Battle of the Bogside
8. From the Ashes of Bombay Street…
9. The Weekend of 27-28 June 1970
10. The Falls Road Curfew
About the Authors
Simon Prince is Senior Lecturer in Canterbury Christ Church University’s School of Humanities. His publications include Northern Ireland’s ’68: Civil Rights, Global Revolt and the Origins of the Troubles (IAP, 2007, New Edition 2018).
Professor Geoffrey Warner is a Supernumerary Fellow in Modern History at Brasenose College Oxford. He is the author of many books and has published widely in the field of Northern Ireland’s history.