Tag Archives: Violence

What came first – the paramilitaries or the polluted politics?

My new book UVF: Behind the Mask has drawn considerable media attention since its publication two weeks ago. Much of this is to be expected given that I have gained unprecedented access to the UVF in a way that presents … Continue reading

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Why I wrote UVF: Behind the Mask – Part Two

Without doubt this has been the most difficult book I have ever written. My other books are on a variety of different subjects, ranging from a history of the labour movement in Northern Ireland to insurgency in South Yemen. Although … Continue reading

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Recasting history

By Aaron Edwards Academic historians have been conspicuous by their absence in the debate over the Boston College case. This is extremely disappointing but it is not surprising and seems to reflect a risk adverse culture that has facilitated the … Continue reading

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Right to remember the past as it happened

COMMENT: Right to remember the past as it happened argues AARON EDWARDS ‘Born in this island, maimed by history/and creed-infected, by my father taught/the stubborn habit of unfettered thought’. So runs John Hewitt’s poem The Dilemma, a bitter indictment of … Continue reading

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