Is social violence learned? By whom? When? Is it characteristic of certain groups, in certain social strata? Under what conditions? What are its personal and social costs? What do people expect to gain from it? What does it actually accomplish? When the long-lasting and unhealing sores that violence leaves are so counterproductive, why do people resort to it rather than to more peaceful alternatives? The civil conflict in Northern Ireland since 1968 presents opportunities as a locale in which to probe for more light on these significant questions. The area is small. The participants are highly literate and vocal.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction: Ways of Looking at Terrorism and Revolt Chapter 4 Interethnic Conflict in the British Isles Chapter 5 The Stuff of History Chapter 6 Human Rights in the Orange Statelet Chapter 7 Revolt Renewed Chapter 8 Learning to Be Violent Chapter 9 Terror in Upper-Class Strategy Chapter 10 Terror in Middle- and Lower-Class Strategies Chapter 11 Terror as Theater Chapter 12 Quests for Peace Chapter 13 Is There No End To It All? Chapter 14 Index