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The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict

Stephen Hopkins


This book examines memoir-writing by many of the key political actors in the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ (1969–1998), and argues that memoir has been a neglected dimension of the study of the legacies of the violent conflict. It investigates these sources in the context of ongoing disputes over how to interpret Northern Ireland’s recent past. A careful reading of these memoirs can provide insights into the lived experience and retrospective judgments of some of the main protagonists of the conflict. The period of relative peace rests upon an uneasy calm in Northern Ireland. Many people continue ... More

Keywords: Memoir-writing, Northern Ireland, legacies of conflict, truth and reconciliation, dealing with the past, contested ideologies, self-justifying discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781846319426
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846319426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Hopkins, author
University of Leicester