This ""Hotspot"" book looks at a regional conflict that has implications for the rest of the world--in a clearheaded analysis of Ireland's horrors and with a sober sense of hope. In four chapters, Lewis delineates the historical roots of Ireland's battles and some of the contemporary issues that challenge would-be peacemakers. Despite the book's brevity, it encompasses events from Richard FitzGilbert de Clare's arrival in 1169 to the 1989 extradition of alleged extremists from the Republic to the North, as dictated by the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement. Though Lewis maintains a balanced perspective, he does occasionally undermine his information with his own opinion or supposition (e.g., in discussing who caused the violence on ""Bloody Sunday,"" he offers two views and then--perhaps betraying a British bias--says that ""The latter seems closer to the truth""). This British-originated book goes beyond history-at-a-glance: it's a spirited discussion addressing both specific and general dynamics behind any territorial conflict. Color photos, boxed insets, and two ""Factfiles"" present vast ranges of information in neatly condensed format. Chronology; glossary; index.