Alphabetical Listing of Word, Name, and Place in Northern Ireland and the Living Language of Conflict

Author: Dunn, Seamus
Dawson, Helen
Year:2000
Pages:336
ISBN:0-7734-7711-X
978-0-7734-7711-7
Price:249.95
This is a scholarly, detailed, comprehensive complication, in alphabetical form, of all matters relating to the long and violent conflict in Northern Ireland. It contains detailed lists and references to all important events, political, social and violence-related: these include lists and descriptions of all political parties; all paramilitary groups; all the major bombings, killings and atrocities; along with all political developments, initiatives and historical moments. Each entry is intended to be precise and factual, to give all necessary details while eschewing judgments or personal views. It places emphasis on the vocabulary generated by the conflict, with reference to terms of abuse, slang expressions, nicknames, and new uses of old words. It is carefully organized so that cross-referencing and inter-subject relationships can be extracted and correlated.

Reviews

“It is a veritable ready-reference work for those new to the study of Northern Ireland in the late twentieth century and for comparatively knowledgeable journalists, historians, social scientists, news junkies, and interested others. The authors, Dunn and Dawson, work at the Centre for the Study of Conflict at the University of Ulster, the foremost think tank on the island of Ireland devoted to study of the Troubles….They are both among the most respected and objective experts on the Troubles in Northern Ireland….It will be great help to students trying to do research papers who must quickly grasp the topic from reading books, periodical articles, and newspaper stories on the Internet that are full of personal names, organization names, places, and unfamiliar concepts….There are four pages of unannotated, bibliographic references at the back of the book, published from the 1970s to the 1990s, which will be useful to those using the dictionary as well as for library collection development.” – ARBA (American Reference Books Annual) “. . . a most welcome and useful addition to the quite limited set of available reference books. . . any scholar, journalist or student can very quickly access fully detailed answers to questions about when and where and by whom particular events were made to happen. I would like to recommend this book as an essential part of the library of all those interested in Ireland, in history and in the study of peace and conflict resolution.” – Dominic Murray, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland

“It is a most useful and inclusive work and will be welcomed by students, academics, historians, journalists, and all others who wish to understand or discuss or write about this conflict. It is therefore much to be recommended as a necessary reference work in relation both to peace and conflict studies generally and to the conflict in Northern Ireland in particular.” – Valerie Morgan, Professor of History, University of Ulster