The Orange Order: A Contemporary Northern Irish History (Hardback)
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The Orange Order: A Contemporary Northern Irish History (Hardback)

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Hardback 392 Pages / Published: 17/05/2007
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Based on unprecedented access to the Order's internal documents, this book provides the first systematic social history of the Orange Order - the Protestant association dedicated to maintaining the British connection in Northern Ireland. Kaufmann charts the Order's path from the peak of its influence, in the early 1960s, to its present-day crisis. Along the way, he sketches a portrait of many of Orangeism's leading figures, from ex-Prime Minister John Andrews to Ulster Unionist Party politicians like Martin Smyth, James Molyneaux, and David McNarry, and also includes the highly revealing correspondence with adversaries such as Ian Paisley and David Trimble. Packed with analyses of mass-membership trends and attitudes, the book also takes care to tell the story of the Order from 'below' as well as from above. In the process, it argues that the traditional Unionism of West Ulster is giving way to the more militant Unionism of Antrim and Belfast which is winning the hearts of the younger generation in cities and towns throughout the province.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199208487
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 734 g
Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The Orange Order, is the most important attempt so far to analyse the political role of Orangeism in the six counties * Dominic Bryan, Journal of 20th Century British History *
This is an important, informative and stimulating book * Irish Independent *
palpably earns a place on our bibliographies marked 'essential reading' * Jon Tonge, Political Studies Review *
...outstanding... * Prospect *
A top-class piece of research... Meticulously put together and lucidly written...very impressive * John Bew, Journal of Contemporary History *
An outstanding book which functions as a vital scholarly counterpoint to more populist treatments... An impressive analysis. * D.A.J. MacPherson, Irish Journal. *

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