From Civil Rights to Armalites traces and analyses the escalation of conflict in Northern Ireland from the first civil rights marches to the verge of full-scale civil war in 1972, focusing on the city of Derry. It explains how a peaceful civil rights campaign gave way to increasing violence, how the IRA became a major political force and how the British army became a major party to the conflict. It provides the essential context for understanding the events of Bloody Sunday and a new chapter brings significant new material to the public debate around the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.
Niall O. Dochartaigh is a Lecturer in Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He worked previously for INCORE, the Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity of the UN University and the University of Ulster. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Southern California and is the author of the Internet Research Handbook.