Drawing on over 150 interviews with former IRA, INLA, UVF and UFF prisoners, this is a major analysis of why Northern Ireland has seen a transition from war to peace. Most accounts of the peace process are 'top-down', relying upon the views of political elites. This book is 'bottom-up', analysing the voices of those who actually 'fought the war'. What made them fight, why did they stop and what are the lessons for other conflict zones?
Based on a Leverhulme Trust project and written by an expert team, the book offers a new analysis, based on subtle interplays of military, political, economic and personal changes and experiences. Combined, these allowed combatants to move from violence to peace whilst retaining core ideological beliefs and maintaining long-term constitutional visions. -- .
Peter Shirlow is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Queen's University Belfast. Jon Tonge is Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool. James McAuley is Professor of Sociology and Irish Studies at the University of Huddersfield. Catherine McGlyn is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Huddersfield -- .
Introduction 1. Politically motivated prisoners in Northern Ireland 2. Former prisoners in a global context 3. Political views and understandings 4. Imprisonment, ideological development and change 5. Political and tactical change among former prisoners 6. Conflict transformation and perceptions of the 'other' 7. Former prisoners and societal reconstruction Conclusion Bibliography -- .