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Unionism and Orangeism in Northern Ireland since 1945: the decline of the loyal family

Patterson, H. and Kaufmann, Eric P. (2007) Unionism and Orangeism in Northern Ireland since 1945: the decline of the loyal family. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719077449.

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Book synopsis: This is the first book which is based on unprecedented access to the archives of both the Ulster Unionist Party and the Orange Order. The history depicted in this book is of two organisations which even at the apogee of their powers in the 1950s were riven with major stresses and conflicts. It shows just how precarious the position of the Unionist and Orange elites was as they struggled to deal with conflicting demands – of working-class Protestants for British standards of welfare and wages, of industrialists who opposed the ‘socialistic’ government at Stormont, of rank and file Orangemen who denounced the government for restrictions on their right to march, and of Border Unionists who opposed new factories that might employ ‘disloyalists’ i.e. Catholics. The book reveals the key role played by the UUP leader James Molyneaux and his Orange allies in stabilising the party’s position and the subsequent dissolution of the alliance under David Trimble’s leadership with his support for the Belfast Agreement.

Item Type: Book
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
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Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2011 09:44
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:21

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