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Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998$
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Patrick Mitchel

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256150

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199256152.001.0001

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Paradise Lost?: The Rise and Fall of Ulster Unionism

Paradise Lost?: The Rise and Fall of Ulster Unionism

(p.69) 3 Paradise Lost?: The Rise and Fall of Ulster Unionism
Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998

Patrick Mitchel

Oxford University Press

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

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