A significant contribution. Novosel exposes the limitation of commonly held views that loyalism was apolitical and merely sectarian. (Professor Peter Shirlow, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast)
Novosel's study of the UVF and its attempts to develop a politicised loyalism challenges the standard one-dimensional representation of loyalism that so dominates the media and popular imagination. (Graham Spencer, Reader in Politics, Conflict and the Media at the University of Portsmouth, UK and author of The State of Loyalism in Northern Ireland.)
This thoroughly researched book is integral to an understanding of the Conflict Transformation Process which has made Northern Ireland a beacon of hope, and adds a vital component to the complex narrative of our recent history. (Dr John Kyle, Progressive Unionist Party, Belfast City Councillor)
Novosel effectively challenges common perceptions. He demonstrates that some Loyalists offered hope when hope was most needed but faced constant obstruction by those challenged by their 'new thinking'. (Roy Garland, Irish News)
About the Author
Tony Novosel is a senior lecturer in History at the University of Pittsburgh. He is involved in 'common history' projects in Belfast.