In 1985, the twentieth century witnessed the first proactive effort to effectuate and realise a peaceful conclusion to the conflict in northern ireland the shooting of both catholics and protestants, particularly in scenarios in which the protestant victim is believed to be colluding with catholics or betraying the loyalist cause. A comprehensive educational site about the troubles in northern ireland between 1968 and 1998 contains topic these sectarian divisions were a potent recipe for conflict and disaster the origins of the troubles in northern ireland are an intriguing example of modern sectarianism and post-colonial conflict studying. Voters overwhelmingly supported a new nationalist party, committed to the cause of “home rule” or autonomy for ireland by contrast, protestants (concentrated, as will be seen in figure 1, in the northern counties) supported the unionist party, deter- mined to maintain the union with great britain and, as the threat of home. Catholicism in northern ireland and the politics of conflict it is a common misconception that religion in northern ireland is politically important only for protestants, whereas for catholics the causes of conflict are social, eco- nomic and political despite very high levels of religiosity amongst catholics,. Politics is one of the causes of war this is usually because governments can't agree with each other and some political parties have very extreme views and don't want to agree with anything that other governments say for example northern ireland didn't want to be part of the united kingdom so they went. Problems began in ireland long before 1969's troubles and continue today the dilemmas are a consequence of an ongoing reason, which is the opinion of some people in northern ireland that those of the opposite religion are attempting to overpower and enforce a certain way of life upon the rest of.
The aim of this essay however, is to critically assess some of the main causes of conflict in the north of ireland by engaging with wide range of literature at its disposal the essay will achieve this by assessing the historical origins of the conflict and linking it with the british colonial legacy in northern ireland it will then outline. Although the northern ireland problem could be compared with numerous cases of ethnic conflict, for the purpose of this essay the main focus will be indeed because of these comparisons between republicans and the anc, unionists themselves now identified with the cause of afrikaner nationalists. \_j the troubles in northern ireland were significantly religious in the past, but marginally so today in their reviews of explanations of the northern ireland conflict, darby (1976), hickey (1984), hunter (1982), lijphart (1975) and whyte ( 1978 and 1986) find few giving any real weight to causes of a religious kind true , most.
The amount of research, however, lags considerable behind the boom of studies of ethnic and nationalistic conflicts in europe there were only two: yugoslavia and northern ireland it is clear that the causes of religious wars and other religion related violence have not disappeared from the face of the earth. Institutions that cause a society to be deeply dived johan galtung is well known among peace and conflict theorists for his extensive work on the concept of “ structural violence” a firm understanding of structural violence is important to the development of a history of the troubles in northern ireland.
Northern ireland experienced decades of conflict between the late 1960s and 1990s that claimed more than thirty-five hundred lives, and the era, known as the troubles, largely pitted the historically dominant protestants against the catholic minority a peace deal struck in 1998 created a power-sharing government that. The northern ireland conflict had elements of insurgency, inter-communal violence and at times approached civil war another angle of the conflict was sectarian the two week strike caused the unionist party to pull out of the agreement, making it null and void there would be no further internal political.