In this article, I will be taking an academic, analytic approach to the situation known as The Troubles, the period of violence in Northern Ireland in the latter half of the 20th century. I find it a valuable source of information for Nationalists to learn from, as it is one of the few examples of a widespread, sustained insurgency in the western world by western peoples and can be used to draw many parallels with what may happen in the future.
Since I’m writing for an international audience, the full details of The Troubles might not be known so I’ll give a brief overview, while I’m sure everyone knows about ‘The IRA vs The Brits‘, the situation goes back farther than that. Ireland had long been the rebellious part of the United Kingdom, and in the early 1600s King James decided to settle another troublesome group of people, the border Scots into the recently conquered Irish province of Ulster. The two peoples did not get along and there was frequent conflict between them, the focal point being the Battle of the Boyne, where the last Catholic monarch of England, James II with his largely Irish army backed by France was defeated by Prince William of Orange and Protestant supremacy in Britain, and Ireland in particular was assured afterwards. The battle remains an emotional part of the folklore of both peoples and an important part in their history.