Irish Protestant identities

Edited by Mervyn Busteed, Frank Neal and Jonathan Tonge

Irish Protestant identities

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8775-2
  • Pages: 416
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: March 2012
  • BIC Category: History, Religion & politics, Religion & beliefs, RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State, Humanities / Religion & beliefs


Irish Protestant identities, available for the first time in paperback, is a major multi-disciplinary portrayal and analysis of the often overlooked Protestant tradition in Ireland. A distinguished team of contributors explore what is distinctive about the religious minority on the island of Ireland. Protestant contributions to literature, culture, religion and politics are all examined. Accessible and engaging throughout, the book examines the contributions to Irish society from Protestant authors, Protestant churches, the Orange Order, Unionist parties and Ulster loyalists. Most books on Ireland have concentrated upon the Catholicism and Nationalism which shaped the country in terms of literature, poetry, politics and outlook. This book instead explores how a minority tradition has developed and coped with existence in a polity and society in which some historically felt under-represented or neglected.


Not only contributes to scholarship in the area but that it is also accessible to any general reader with an interest in Ireland's past or present.

The book makes an important contribution to advancing understanding across a wide range of themes in Irish politics, history, literature, and religion.
Chris Arthur, University of Wales at Lampeter


Mervyn Busteed is Honorary Research Fellow of the Universities of Manchester, Salford and Liverpool

Jon Tonge is Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool

Frank Neal is Honorary Fellow of the University of Liverpool


List of tables
List of figures
List of contributors
Aspects of ascendancy
Coping strategies in a changing Ireland
The gender dimension
Religion and identity
The overseas context
Identity and culture
The Orange tradition
The Protestant working class: Political and paramilitary representation

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