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Ulster Unionism since 1921

Iain Mclean and Alistair McMillan

in State of the Union

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199258208
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199258201.003.0006
Ulster Unionism since 1921

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This chapter examines the evolution of unionism in Northern Ireland since it unexpectedly and paradoxically found itself under Home Rule, which its leading politicians had raised a private army to prevent. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK in which primordial Unionism, that is, the belief that the Union is good in and for itself, survives. But even so, primordialism runs in different streams — military, religious, intellectual — whose waters scarcely mix.

Keywords: Northern Ireland; Ulster Unionism; primordial Unionism; instrumental Unionism; Ulster-Scots; Irish Boundary Commission; treaty ports; troubles; Good Friday Agreement

Chapter.  8517 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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