Northern Ireland's Lost Opportunity is a unique in-depth investigation into working-class Loyalism in Northern Ireland as represented by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), the Red Hand Commando (RHC) and their political allies. In an unorthodox account, Tony Novosel argues that these groups, seen as implacable enemies by Republicans and the left, did develop a political analysis of the Northern Ireland conflict in the 1970s which involved a compromise peace with all political parties and warring factions - something that historians and writers have largely ignored. Distinctive, deeply informed and provocative, Northern Ireland's Lost Opportunity is the first study to focus not on the violent actions of the UVF/RHC but on their political vision and programme which, Novosel argues, included the potential for a viable peace based on compromise with all groups, including the Irish Republican Army.
Tony Novosel is a senior lecturer in History at the University of Pittsburgh. He is involved in 'common history' projects in Belfast.
Abbreviations Glossary Of Terms Acknowledgements Preface And Overview Introduction 1 The Ulster Volunteer Force And O'Neill 2 Manipulation, Acquiescence And Awakening 3 The Prison Experience And Loyalist Politics 4 The Emerging Light: Political Loyalism, 1973-1975 5 Darkness At The End Of The Tunnel: The Failure Of Politics 6 The Light In The Darkness: Political Loyalism, 1975-1977 7 Sharing Responsibility: 1977-1987 Conclusion Bibliography Index