5 October 1968 and the beginning of The Troubles: flashpoints, riots and memories

Prince, S. (2012) 5 October 1968 and the beginning of The Troubles: flashpoints, riots and memories. Irish Political Studies, 27 (3). pp. 394-410. ISSN 0790-7184.

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Abstract

The availability under the Thirty Years Rule of the Northern Irish and UK state papers for the start of the Troubles has made it possible to reassess what happened on 5 October 1968 in Derry. This article uses these files, other primary sources such as newspapers, and the ‘Flashpoints Model of Public Disorder’ to examine how the civil rights march and the police reaction transformed the contexts within which people in Derry and Northern Ireland as a whole thought and acted. It goes on to explore the three days of rioting that followed the violent scenes on Duke Street and the ‘collective remembrance’ of the event, which reached its climax during the Stormont general election campaign of February 1969. The article argues that the existing literature has overlooked not only the complexity of what happened on 5 October 1968 in Derry, but also the conflicting readings that were subsequently developed by contemporaries. The struggle to control the narrative helped drive the fragmentation and polarization in the second city that was encouraging certain individuals and groups to adopt violent strategies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA0900 Ireland > DA0901 General
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > History and American Studies
Depositing User: Dr Simon Prince
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 13:50
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:11
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/11713

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