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Northern Ireland's Lost Opportunity


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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

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Tony Novosel is a senior lecturer in History at the University of Pittsburgh. He is involved in 'common history' projects in Belfast and is the author of Northern Ireland's Lost Opportunity (Pluto, 2013).


'A significant contribution. Exposes the limitation of commonly held views that loyalism was apolitical and merely sectarian' -- Professor Peter Shirlow, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast
'Novosel's study of the UVF and its attempts to develop a politicised loyalism challenges the standard one-dimensional representation of loyalism that so dominates the media and popular imagination' -- Graham Spencer, Reader in Politics, Conflict and the Media at the University of Portsmouth, UK and author of The State of Loyalism in Northern Ireland.
'Integral to an understanding of the Conflict Transformation Process which has made Northern Ireland a beacon of hope, and adds a vital component to the complex narrative of our recent history' -- Dr John Kyle, Progressive Unionist Party, Belfast City Councillor
'Novosel effectively challenges common perceptions. He demonstrates that some Loyalists offered hope when hope was most needed but faced constant obstruction by those challenged by their 'new thinking' -- Roy Garland, Irish News

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