By Kirk Simpson
Simpson deals a reflective and theoretical rationalization of the ways that unionists conceive of the earlier within the current post-conflict setting. He considers the ways that scholarly literature has frequently painted an superseded and misguided portrait of a hugely advanced humans.
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The notion of ‘working together’ with the ‘other side’ – however poorly deﬁned this concept 20 Unionist Voices and the Politics of Remembering the Past might be – is argued by some to be the only answer. Others, as is evidenced by some of the extracts in this book – both ordinary civilians who were not directly affected and victims – have rebuffed the idea of looking back at the conﬂict and trying to make sense of it at all. Many more, however, feel that the conﬂict makes sense only in terms of a historical framework in which they, as the innocent, were persecuted by wrongdoers (cf.
As intellectuals, we are also – at least in my view (and the view of many other serious commentators like Jurgen Habermas) – impelled to offer scholarly commentary and analysis that goes beyond abrogating moral responsibility (by attributing all viewpoints to respondents, for example). It is arguably our right and our duty in studying a population – any population – that has been victimised by violence to weave a moral position into the fabric of our investigations and our analyses, not least because to erase this approach would be to deliberately elide aspects of that population’s worldview.
My father’s windows were shattered time and again, his stock was damaged, he was threatened himself personally to get out of the city. But we weren’t going to be rattled that easily. As far as we were concerned this was just an unruly mob, but looking back we were very naïve. They had it very well planned and every PR trap they set for our people we just walked into it. The RUC was that badly stretched, and even the B Specials, that they had to call for the British Army. Even that didn’t work. ‘Free Derry’ they called it.