Counterinsurgency and Collusion in Northern Ireland

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Collusion by British state forces in killings perpetrated by loyalist paramilitaries was a dubious hallmark of the 'dirty war' in the north of Ireland. Now, more than twenty years since the Good Friday Agreement, the story of collusion remains one of the most enduring and contentious legacies of the conflict, a shadow that trails British counterinsurgency to this day. Here Mark McGovern turns back the clock to the late 1980s and early '90s - the 'endgame' of the Troubles, and a period defined by a rash of state-sanctioned paramilitary killings. Drawing on previously unpublished evidence, and original testimony from victims' families and eyewitnesses, he examines several dozen killings of republicans that took place in the Mid-Ulster area, and the impact on their families and communities. Placing these accounts within a wider critical analysis of the nature of British counterinsurgency and the state use of agents and informers, McGovern paints a damning picture of covert, deniable and unlawful violence.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPluto Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)B07PNR8TVM
ISBN (Print)0745338992, 9780745338996
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2019


  • Collusion, Counterinsurgency, Terrorism, Conflict, Empire, Northern Ireland

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    State Violence, Empire and the Figure of the "Soldier-Victim" in Northern Ireland

    MCGOVERN, MARK., 23 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Labor and Society. p. 1-20 20 p.

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  • Counterinsurgency, Empire and Ignorance

    Mcgovern, M., 1 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) Ignorance, Power and Harm: Agnotology and the Criminological Imagination. Barton, A. & Davis, H. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 37-59

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  • 'See No Evil' Collusion in Northern Ireland

    McGovern, M., 12 Jan 2017, In : Race and Class. 58, 3, p. 46-63

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