War and an Irish Town

War and an Irish Town

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Eamonn McCann's account of what it is like to grow up a Catholic in a Northern Irish ghetto was first published in 1974. It quickly became a recognised as a classic account of the feelings generated by British rule. The author was at the centre of events in Derry which first brought Northern Ireland to world attention.

He witnessed the gradual transformation of the civil rights movement from a mild campaign for 'British Democracy' to an all-out military assault on the British state. This new edition updates the last edition (1980) with an additional introduction covering the last thirteen years.

War and an Irish Town is a trenchant, powerful narrative which reaches an unequivocal conclusion: 'There can be no internal solution to the Northern Ireland problem. The existence of the northern state is the problem'.
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  • Hardback | 330 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0745308309
  • 9780745308302

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War and an Irish Town is Eamonn McCann's classic account of growing up Catholic in a Northern Irish ghetto. McCann paints a vivid picture of the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, as peaceful protest - driven off the streets - developed into armed insurrection. This new edition - which contains the full text of the original 1974 edition - includes an extended introduction, in which McCann argues (against both nationalist and loyalist orthodoxies) that the ideals that inspired the early movement continue to offer the only way out of the bloody mess of politics in Northern Ireland today.
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'An essential reference work for those interested in the roots of the conflict in the North.' -- Irish Post 'Few could quarrel with the publisher's description of this as a classic.' -- Books Ireland 'There is no denying the powerful ways in which McCann recounts the events of those early years of the troubles.' -- Robert Fisk, The Times 'So honest, so human and so readable.' -- Irish Times
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About Eamonn McCann

Eamonn McCann is an Irish politician, journalist and political activist from Northern Ireland. He is the author of The Bloody Sunday Inquiry (Pluto, 2005), which became the classic account of the 1972 events. He is also the author of War and an Irish Town (Pluto, 1993).
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