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Nationalists begin to clash with the British Army

Duration: 04:46

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.

Available since: Tue 14 Aug 2012

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Ireland: A Television History Six Counties

12/13 Robert Kee charts the history of the six counties of Northern Ireland from 1921 to 1974.

First broadcast: 17 Feb 1981

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