D. G. Boyce was born in 1942. He was educated at Lurgan College, County Armagh, and Queen's University, Belfast, where he took an honors degree in modern history. He moved to England in October 1968 and worked in the Department of Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, until 1971, when he became Lecturer in Politics at University College, Swansea and has held a personal chair there since 1989. He teaches the politics of Ireland and the evolution and character of modern warfare. His publications include The Irish Question and British Politics, 1868-1996 (1996), The Making of Modern Irish History (1996), and Britain & Decolonisation (1999). He has published articles in learned journals, including Irish Historical Studies, Historical Review, and Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. Englishmen and Irish Troubles was his first book.