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In recent history, there have been a number of Bloody Sundays. The most significant include killings by troops and police forces in St. Petersburg, Russia, in January 1905; Dublin, Ireland, in November 1920; and Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1972, where 14 civilian protestors and bystanders were killed and others wounded by soldiers on January 30th.

Beginning with background on the scene in Ireland in the 1960s and very early 1970s, this entry will focus on the most recent Bloody Sunday, the events in Derry on January 30, 1972, and will discuss how this event is the one whose memory is most alive and still contested and, further, how the meaning and impact of such traumatic events is analyzed and interpreted by the social sciences.

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