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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (16 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199532036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199532032
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 932,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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, is the most important attempt so far t o analyse the political role of Orangeism in the six counties (Dominic Bryan, Journal of 20th Century British History)

A top-class piece of research... Meticulously put together and lucidly written...very impressive (John Bew, Journal of Contemporary History)

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Eric P. Kaufmann, is Lecturer in Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America: the Decline of Dominant Ethnicity in the United States (2004), editor of Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities (also 2004), and co-author with Henry Patterson of The Decline of the Loyal Family: Unionism and Orangeism in Northern Ireland (forthcoming, 2007) He has also written numerous articles on Orangeism in Scotland, Ulster, and Canada, as well as on wider issues of nationalism and ethnic conflict, and is presently working on a project examining the link between religiosity, fertility, and politics.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Brewster on 25 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
Eric Kaufmann's book is the most insightful in the clutch of recent publications. The Orange institution has given him access to records which have not been available to other authors and the result is that he has been able to assess membership trends, and the socio-economic factors which impact on the Institution. He shrewdly identifies the different trends which have often competed for the leadership of Orangeism, and which have given the Institution its multi-faceted character.

This is not a book for those seeking to confirm their prejudices for or against the Institution, and indeed it is emphatically an academic study, but the great detail furnished has been put to better use than in, say the last book on the Order by Rev. Brian Kennaway. While he has interviewed many of the key players, he has place more reliance on documentary evidence, and this makes for a more rounded view than the subjective opinions of other authors dealing with this subject.

Though broadly chronological, the book has identified key themes in the challenges faced by orangeism in the past forty years and its responses.

This is a rewarding read, and will be the standard work on the subject.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Brian Kennaway on 16 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Orange Order: A Contemporary Northern Irish History

Eric P. Kaufmann

Dr. Kaufmann has performed a great service, not just to the academic world, but to the Northern Ireland community by his academic analysis of the Orange Order. Having unprecedented access to minutes of Grand Lodge and its committees, not readily open to its members, Kaufmann lays before us various trends within the Institution from 1965 to the present, carefully illustrated by charts and maps.

Using all his sociological skills Kaufmann uses statistical analysis to present the various political, religious and social trends within the Order, including comparisons to others groups, like Canadian Orangeism with which he is well acquainted, and the Freemasons.

Kaufmann quickly defines various groups within the Order as `reformers, `rebels' `conservatives', `populists' and `traditionalists'. He also used terms such as `liberal' `moderate'- all of which might prove difficult for those who see themselves in more that one category.

The difficulty in any academic research book, based on the internal records of any organization, is that it assumes that the information is correct, and that those who give interviews were not just saying what the interviewer wanted hear, for `outside consumption'. Having some experience of this I know that reports of meetings may not be a totally accurate reflection of the meeting itself, which can all too readily be glossed over as - `a frank exchange of views'.
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