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.
Paul Ward is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Huddersfield. He is the Fulbright-Robertson Professor of British History at Westminster College, Missouri for 2004-2005. He is the author of Red Flag and Union Jack: Englishness, Patriotism and the British Left 1881-1924 (1998) and Britishness since 1870 (2004).