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Sectarian Dividing Lines and Post-War Slum Clearance

Keith Daniel Roberts

in Liverpool Sectarianism

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print December 2017 | ISBN: 9781786940100
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781786944276 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9781786940100.003.0005
Sectarian Dividing Lines and Post-War Slum Clearance

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Building on the previous section, chapter four challenges, on a broader basis, the orthodox explanation for the decline of sectarianism. It has often been repeated that post-war slum clearance, which some perceived to be a deliberate policy to break down sectarianism (a point made by the Orange Institution), was the main causal factor behind the derailment of sectarian tensions, the author cites several examples of this. The sectarian geography of Liverpool is outlined, before validity of the slum clearance hypothesis is assessed. The question begged is whether sectarianism would have continued to flourish in Liverpool had a slum clearance programme not taken place. This chapter takes a sceptical view.

Keywords: Slum Clearance; Ghettos; Orange; Protestant; Catholic; Decline; Tribalism; Post-War

Chapter.  8112 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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