By Eric P. Kaufmann
In accordance with extraordinary entry to the Order's inner records, this booklet presents the 1st systematic social background of the Orange Order - the Protestant organization devoted to preserving the British connection in Northern eire.
Kaufmann charts the Order's course from the height of its effect, within the early Sixties, to its present-day difficulty. alongside the way in which, he sketches a portrait of a lot of Orangeism's top figures, from ex-Prime Minister John Andrews to Ulster Unionist occasion politicians like Martin Smyth, James Molyneaux, and David McNarry. Kaufmann additionally contains the hugely revealing correspondence with adversaries equivalent to Ian Paisley and David Trimble.
Packed with analyses of mass-membership traits and attitudes, the publication additionally takes care to inform the tale of the Order from "below" in addition to from above. within the strategy, it argues that the conventional Unionism of West Ulster is giving solution to the extra militant Unionism of Antrim and Belfast that is successful the hearts of the more youthful iteration in towns and cities through the province.
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