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Sunningdale, the Ulster Workers' Council strike and the struggle for democracy in Northern Ireland

Edited by David McCann and Cillian McGrattan

Sunningdale, the Ulster Workers' Council strike and the struggle for democracy in Northern Ireland
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  • Publish Date: Feb 2017
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    Book Information

    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9951-9
    • Pages: 240
    • Price: £90.00
    • Published Date: February 2017

    Description

    The 'Sunningdale experiment' of 1973-4 witnessed the first attempt to establish peace in Northern Ireland through power-sharing. However, its provisions, particularly the cross-border 'Council of Ireland', proved to be a step too far. The experiment floundered amid ongoing paramilitary-led violence, finally collapsing in May 1974 as a result of the Ulster Workers' Council strike.

    Drawing on new scholarship from some of the top political historians working on the period, this book presents a series of reflections on how key protagonists struggled with notions of power-sharing and the 'Irish dimension', and how those struggles inhibited a deepening of democracy and the ending of violence for so long.

    Contents

    Part I: Introduction and overview of the Sunningdale Agreement
    1 Introduction
    David McCann and Cillian McGrattan
    2 The Ulster Workers' Council strike: the perfect storm
    Gordon Gillespie
    3 Understanding aspiration, anxiety, assumption and ambiguity: the anatomy of Sunningdale
    Arthur Aughey
    Part II: The lessons of Sunningdale: the key protagonists
    4 Sunningdale and the Irish dimension: a step too far?
    John Coakley
    5 British government policy post 1974: learning slowly between Sunningdales?
    Eamonn O'Kane
    6 British security policy and the Sunningdale Agreement: the consequences of using force to combat terrorism in a liberal democracy
    Aaron Edwards
    7 Sunningdale and the limits of 'rejectionist' Unionism
    Stuart Aveyard and Shaun McDaid
    8 Stan Orme and the road to 'Industrial Democracy': British attempts at the politicisation of working-class Protestants in Northern Ireland, 1973-75
    Tony Craig
    9 Power sharing and the Irish dimension: the conundrum for the SDLP in Northern Ireland
    Sarah Campbell
    10 '1974 - Year of Liberty'? The Provisional IRA and Sunningdale
    Henry Patterson
    Part III: The legacies of Sunningdale
    11 Cultural responses to and the legacies of Sunningdale
    Connal Parr
    12 'Slow learners'? Comparing the Sunningdale Agreement and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement
    Thomas Hennessey
    Appendix: The Sunningdale Agreement (December 1973)
    References
    Index

    Editors

    David McCann is Lecturer in Politics at Ulster University
    Cillian McGrattan is Lecturer in Politics at Ulster University

    Sunningdale, the Ulster Workers' Council strike and the struggle for democracy in Northern Ireland

    Edited by David McCann, Cillian McGrattan

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