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||Jonathan Freedland looks for the past behind the present. Each week, The Long View, recorded on location throughout the British Isles, takes an issue from the current affairs agenda and finds a parallel in our past.
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Yitzak Rabin (PM of Israel at the time), President Clinton and Yasser Arafat announcing the Oslo Accord, and Charles l during the English Civil War.
Nearly ten years ago, the delicately-brokered Oslo Peace Process seemed to
offer a real chance for an end to conflict in the Middle East. Now, few
have any great hopes of it.
Yet peace did emerge in Northern Ireland,
thanks to a similarly intricate process.
How are peace processes
constructed? How dependent are they on personalities? When civil war is
bitterly contested between several factions, how can you be sure that you've
talked to all of the parties involved? And how do you ensure that peace
Three and a half centuries ago, Britain underwent a dramatic search
for peace between King Charles I - who'd lost a bloody civil war - and
|Left-hand picture:Ronald Hutton, Jonathan Freedland and Lord Owen outside the 'Jewel Tower'.|
Right-hand picture: David Edgar and Scilla Elworthy.
|Left-hand picture: David Edgar and Jonathan Freedland.|
Right-hand picture:Lord Owen outside the Houses of Parliament.
To compare negotiations for peace past and present, Jonathan
Freedland is joined by:|
Lord Owen, who tells of his attempts at peacemaking
in the former Yugoslavia.
The civil war historian Ronald Hutton.
Scilla Elworthy of the Oxford Research Group.
The playwright David Edgar, whose
play "The Prisoner's Dilemma" brings the drama - and trauma - of the peace
process onto the stage.
The Prisoner's Dilemma by David Edgar, Nick Hern Books.
The British Republic 1649 - 1660 by Ronald Hutton, Palgrave Macmillan.
Balkan Odyssey, by Lord David Owen, Orion
The Century of Revolution 1603 - 1714, by Christopher Hill, Routledge.
The English Civil War, Richard Holmes, Peter Young, Wordsworth Military Library.
The English Wars and Republic, 1637-1660, by Graham E Seel, Routledge.