Unionism, Orangeism and War

TitleUnionism, Orangeism and War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsUrquhart, Diane
JournalWomen's History Review
Date Published04/2018

This article explores the impact of the First World War on female unionism and orangeism. The period of political crisis in Ireland that preceded the war mobilised unprecedented numbers of women into political and quasi-political associations. The unionist campaign of resistance to home rule was suspended on the outbreak of the First World War, but the uncertainty of the post-war situation, the Easter Rising of 1916, the partition of Ireland, and ill-fated Irish Convention and partial female enfranchisement, ensured that the unionist truce was often a façade. The transformative role of the First World War is often highlighted, but this examination suggests the gender constraints experienced in the early twentieth century survived the conflict and continued to define women's role in unionism and orangeism for decades. 

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