Unionism in the United Kingdom, 1918-1974

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This book examines the range and complexity of unionist political identities, ideas and beliefs in the non-English parts of the United Kingdom in the mid-twentieth century. It discusses the careers of eight politicians from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and uncovers the varieties of unionism that held the multi-national UK together. Challenging the idea that Britain was in the process of breaking up, it argues that the Union provided a focus for loyalty in the United Kingdom that contributed to the ...

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Overview

This book examines the range and complexity of unionist political identities, ideas and beliefs in the non-English parts of the United Kingdom in the mid-twentieth century. It discusses the careers of eight politicians from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and uncovers the varieties of unionism that held the multi-national UK together. Challenging the idea that Britain was in the process of breaking up, it argues that the Union provided a focus for loyalty in the United Kingdom that contributed to the continuing formation of identities of Britishness.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781403938275
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/22/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Ward is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Huddersfield.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Unionist Lives
• PART 1: SCOTLAND AND THE UNION
• PART 2: SCOTLAND AND WESTMINSTER: THE UNIONISM OF WALTER ELLIOT (1888-1958)
• Elliot and Scotland
• Elliot and the United Kingdom
• Elliot and Empire
• PART 3: OUE GOOD AND FAITHFUL FRIEND: TOM JOHNSTON (1881-1965)
• Johnston and the Scottish People
• Empire Socialism
• Devolution and Planning
• A Scottish 'People's War'
• PART 4: EMPIRE, EUROPE AND THE UNION: LADY PRISCILLA TWEEDSMUIR (1915-1978)
• Women, Unionism and Scottishness
• Economic Unionism
• The Buchan Legacy
• Scotland and the Union: Epilogue
• PART 5: WALES AND THE UNION
• PART 6: THE FIRST FAMILY OF WALES: THE LLOYD GEORGE CHILDREN IN BRITISH POLITICS
• Gwilym Lloyd George (1894-1967): Welsh Nation and British State
• Megan Lloyd George (1902-1966): Welsh Radical
• Gender, Welshness and the Lloyd Georges
• Imperial Wales
• PART 7: THE UNOFFICIAL PRIME MINISTER OF WALES: HUW T. EDWARDS (1892-1970)
• Welsh and the Working Class
• The Council of Wales
• The Only Path I Could in Honesty Tread
• Empire Games and Royal Visits
• Wales and the Union: Epilogue
• PART 8: NORTHERN IRELAND: THE UNION AND DEVOLUTION
• PART 9: ULSTER'S RAMSAY MCDONALD? HARRY MIDGLEY (1892-1957)
• Labour and the Irish Nation before Partition
• Midgley and British Labour
• War and Commonwealth
• From Unionist to Unionist Party
• Ulster's British Heritage
• PART 10: FUR-COAT UNIONISM: DAME DEHRA PARKER (1882-1963)
• Women and Unionism before Partition
• In Parliament in the 1920s
• West of the Bann
• Education and War: 'A Woman is the Best Man for the Job'
• Youth and Culture
• Ulster at the Crossroads: Epilogue
• Conclusion

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