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Paradise Lost?: The Rise and Fall of Ulster Unionism

Patrick Mitchel

in Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256150
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256152.003.0004
Paradise Lost?: The Rise and Fall of Ulster Unionism

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Ulster unionist identity is analysed in three stages. The first examines the ideological content of unionism’s historical myths that function to legitimize contemporary beliefs. The second focuses on how unionists sought to secure their identity in unionism’s ‘golden era’; the period from Partition to the collapse of Stormont. The third discusses the reasons why unionist identity has experienced a profound crisis since 1972. The evidence reveals a pessimistic, fissured, and flawed identity, struggling to envision its future in the post-Good Friday Agreement era.

Keywords: Britishness; Good Friday Agreement; historical myths; loyalist; Northern Ireland; Stormont; The Twelfth; Ulster; Ulster Unionist Party (UUP); unionism

Chapter.  13177 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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