The object of this book is to provide a reasonably comprehensive survey of the social and economic problems of Northern Ireland, an area which, if notorious as a storm centre, can also lay some claim to attention on other grounds. All the contributors are personally acquainted with the conditions they describe: of the nine, five are Ulstermen and the remainder have spent some years on the staff of the Queen's University, Belfast.
Sir David Keir, who has written the Introduction, was Vice-Chancellor at Queen's before he became Master of Balliol. Professor Cyril Falls, who has recently retired from the Chichele Chair of the History of War at Oxford, was born and educated in Ulster. Professor F. H. Newark, formerly of Exeter College, Oxford, is Professor of Jurisprudence at Queen's University. Professor K. S. Isles, who formerly held the Chair of Economics at Adelaide, is also at Queen's, and Mr. Norman Cuthbert and Mr. Peter Robson are members of his Department. Mr. J. E. Sayers, who was for some years on the Prime Minister's personal staff under Mr. Churchill, is managing editor of the Belfast Telegraph. Mr. J. M. Mogey is Lecturer in Sociology in the University of Oxford.
Each contributor has approached his topic from his own point of view and, as might be expected, some difference of opinion about the merits of provincial self-government has emerged.
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