The Two Unions: Ireland, Scotland, and the Survival of the United Kingdom, 1707-2007

Paperback | September 5, 2013

byAlvin Jackson

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Much has been written about the decline of the United Kingdom. The Two Unions looks instead at the lengthy survival of the Union, examining the institutions, structures, and individuals that have contributed to its longevity.In order to understand its survival, the author, one of the foremost historians of modern Ireland and of the British-Irish relationship, sustains a comparison between the Irish and Scots Unions, their respective origins and subsequent development. He provides a detailed examination of the twointerlinked Unionist movements in Scotland and Ireland. Alvin Jackson illuminates not only the history and varied health of the United Kingdom over the past 300 years, but also its present condition and prospects.

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Much has been written about the decline of the United Kingdom. The Two Unions looks instead at the lengthy survival of the Union, examining the institutions, structures, and individuals that have contributed to its longevity.In order to understand its survival, the author, one of the foremost historians of modern Ireland and of the Bri...

Alvin Jackson has been Professor of Modern Irish History at Queen's University Belfast, and Burns Visiting Professor at Boston College. He was educated at Corpus Christi College and Nuffield College, Oxford, and has held a British Academy Senior Research Fellowship as well as a British Academy Research Readership.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I: The Measures and their Histories1. Histories - historiography, comparability, complexity, longevity2. Prehistories (1290-1690, 1300-1782): Scots and Irish3. Contexts (1689-1703, 1782-1798): economic, military, and parliamentary4. Debates and terms (1705-1707, 1799-1801)II: The Survival of the Unions: Overviews5. The survival of the Scots union, 1707-19976. The survival of the Irish union, 1800-1921III: The Survival of the Unions: People, Ideas, Institutions7. Scottish unionists and the union, 1707-2007: parties, people, and histories8. Irish unionists and the union, 1801-2007: parties, people, and historiesIV: Reflections on the Unions9. Conclusion: North Britain, West BritainBibliography

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"[Two Unions is] enlightening and even fun - smart, wonderfully learned and witty...[This] book would make a splendid present for anyone interested in Irish (or Scottish) history." --Jude Collins, Book Programme, BBC Radio Ulster