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When British troops arrived in Northern Ireland in 1969, they were welcomed enthusiastically by the Nationalist population. Figures involved in the events of the time explain how, in their views, this situation changed and the relationship turned sour. The curfew, which the Army set on the Falls Road area, was a key event in changing Nationalist attitudes. It helped the Provisional IRA to present themselves as defenders of the Nationalist community. They then went further and started to kill soldiers. The soldiers reacted violently and so the cycle of violence and mistrust developed.
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17 February 1981

Classroom Ideas

Write a series of blog entries for the period in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the relationship between the Nationalist community and the Army changed so dramatically. What would a blogger have commented on? Would he or she have blamed anyone in particular? Was the breakdown inevitable?