The Identity of Ulster: The Land, the Language and the People
by Ian Adamson
by Patrick Buckland
The Faithful Tribe: An Intimate Portrait of the Loyal Institutions
by Ruth Dudley Edwards
Home Rule: An Irish History 1800-2000
by Alvin Jackson
The Orange Order: A Contemporary Northern Irish History
by Eric Kaufmann
As is the norm in many countries with proportional representation, the United Kingdom’s government now finds itself depending on a small political party to stay in power. Who are the Irish unionists? What is the ideology that guides them? Historian and pro-vice principal of Glasgow University, Murray Pittock, recommends the best books to read to better understand Irish unionism.
A “powerful and aggravating absence of consensus” came to define the Irish political experience, says the historian Richard Bourke. Here he picks the best books for gaining a range of perspectives on Irish history, singling out James Joyce as offering insight into the divergence of nationalist opinion.