Wednesday, May 01, 2013

TRIAL: Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration

We have a trial of "Northern Ireland: A Divided Community, 1921-1972 Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration" until 26th May 2013.

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The history of Ireland in the twentieth century was dominated by the political and sectarian divide between the north and the south, leading to sustaining armed violence over several decades. These Government documents of the British administration in Northern Ireland 1921-72 offer what have been described as the best continuous record of government activity and decision-making in the world, and shows "how government actually worked".

The papers contained in Northern Ireland: A Divided Community, 1921-1972 are a complete digital facsimile of the Cabinet Conclusion files of the Northern Ireland Government, filed as CAB/4 at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). These CAB/4 files contain a full record of every debate and transaction for the entire duration of the Stormont administration, the devolved government of Northern Ireland. Separate files exist for each Cabinet Meeting and include minutes and memoranda. The discussions and decisions reflect the wide range of problems and activities involved in making the new administration work. Topics debated and reported in just one sample year of the Troubles (1970) include: policing, arms and explosives, social need, prevention of incitement to religious hatred, army occupation of factories, road spiking, routing of Orange Day parades, dock strikes, law and order, riots, and the roles of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).

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Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic resource and would be invaluable not only to staff but also graduates and undergraduates working on theses and dissertations on Northern Ireland. The clarity of the reproductions is also great.

Anna Pilz, PhD Student said...

This is an invaluable resource for students and staff. It offers primary source material for those interested in topics relating to Conflict Resolution and Politics. Moreover, this provides members of staff with the opportunity to engage students in the analysis of primary source material to contextualise contemporary political debates and can also help an informed reading of contemporary Irish/British literature.

David Shaw PhD Student said...

Great resource. Already found evidence for my thesis. Fantastic primary source evidence. We need to have access to more electronic archives such as this.

M Elliott said...

This would be an extremely important resource for researchers at Liverpool University, in several departments. Given the restrictions on time and research finance, it would also be an efficient and effective tool.

Prof. Marianne Elliott, Director Institute of Irish Studies

Jon Tonge, Prof of Politics said...

This is a brilliant resource. To understand N. Ireland's history we really do need access to Cabinet papers like this. This is a vital collection not just for me but for some of my PG students working in the field.

Andrew McCaldon said...

This is superb! An excellent resource. I've only been using it for the past hour or so and I've already found it has helped my research no end! This definitely needs to be kept on, particularly when considering how much research goes on here centred on or related to Northern Ireland.