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

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Prince, S. 2012. 5 October 1968 and the beginning of The Troubles: flashpoints, riots and memories. Irish Political Studies. 27 (3), pp. 394-410. https://doi.org/10.1080/07907184.2011.636805
AuthorsPrince, S.
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.

Year2012
JournalIrish Political Studies
Journal citation27 (3), pp. 394-410
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0790-7184
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/07907184.2011.636805
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