The Conservative Stewardship of Northern Ireland, 1979–97: Sound-Bottomed Contradictions or Slow Learning?

  title={The Conservative Stewardship of Northern Ireland, 1979–97: Sound-Bottomed Contradictions or Slow Learning?},
  author={Brendan O’Leary},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={663 - 676}
  • B. O’Leary
  • Published 1 September 1997
  • History
  • Political Studies
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