In This Review

The State in Northern Ireland, 1921-1972
The State in Northern Ireland, 1921-1972
By Paul Bew, Peter Gibbon and Henry Patterson
St. Martin's, 1980, 231 pp

Northern Ireland has been a challenge to rulers and social theorists alike. The authors seek a double goal: to test and refine Marxist analysis and by doing so to elucidate the problems of Northern Ireland. They are critical of some of their Marxist predecessors and focus on the role and nature of the state, with some of their evidence coming from recently opened archives. A book of some interest, to a few.