Review by Choice Review
Wilson, a professor of economics and consultant to Northern Ireland governments in the 1960s, presents a historical survey of Northern Ireland and an analysis of the current situation there. Many readers will be disturbed by his insistent whitewashing of Protestant unionists and his blaming of Catholic nationalists, the government of the Irish Republic, and the Catholic Church for the continuing violence. Wilson does provide valuable insights into government operations and finance, but his book is weak on security issues and analysis of Protestant attitudes. He concludes that at present the most important need is for the UK to insist, and all parties to recognize clearly, that any possible unity in Ireland will come only by consent and far in the future. Uncertainty only encourages terrorist organizations on both sides. Recommended despite its one-sidedness. Libraries will want Michael Farrell's Northern Ireland: The Orange State (CH, Apr '77) to provide a contrasting perspective. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -J. W. Auld, California State University, Dominguez Hills
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Review by Library Journal Review
Wilson's finely argued book is a welcome addition to the spate of excellent scholarly works on Northern Ireland, including Frank Wright's Northern Ireland: A Comparative Analysis (1968; Barnes & Noble, 1987. reprint) and Bob Rowthorn and Naomi Wayne's Northern Ireland: The Political Economy of Conflict (Westview, 1988). In this study, Wilson subjects Irish nationalists' vision of a united Ireland to a reality test. He portrays just how unrealistic, indeed destructive, this vision has proven to be throughout Ulster's turbulent history. The mythology of Ulster Protestant Unionism has been no less destructive, however, and Wilson would do us a service to turn his pen to that story as well. Recommended for scholars and others with a serious interest in Irish matters, especially Irish nationalists and British policy makers.-- Richard B. Finnegan, Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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