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In March 1914, writes Robert Blake, it seemed that Ulster might have to he coerced into accepting the Irish Home Rule Bill. A crisis was provoked when a number of British Army officers resolved to he dismissed rather than obey the Government's orders.

A proto-mutiny took place in Ireland on March 20th, 1914.

John Stocks Powell describes how conflict between Nationalists and Unionists was still unhealed when the First World War began.

J.M. Brereton introduces Pierre Louis Napolean Cavagnari, a soldier of French-Italian and Irish descent, who played a distinguished part in British relations with Afghanistan, eventually costing him his life.

Chris Darnell examines the political and military background to the IRA’s last major action against the British army.

Ian Garrett asks why British Governments found Ireland so difficult a problem in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

The recent shootings in Belfast illustrate how fragile peace is in the Province.

Few British soldiers have written of their experiences of the Northern Ireland Troubles. Here, former infantry officer Patrick Mercer recalls his tours, which offer lessons for today’s soldiers and politicians.

Before the First World War, Irish Unionists and Nationalists were poised to fight each other over the imposition of Home Rule by the British. Then, remarkably, they fought and died side by side, writes Richard S. Grayson.

Objects loaded with the history of the Troubles are scattered around Belfast, but sensitivity means the debate about how and where to exhibit them rumbles on, says James Morrison.

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