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Understanding Ulster, 1994, Anthing Alcock
The Ulster Cover-Up, 1993, John Morrison
Land of the Free: Ulster and the American Revolution, 1992, Ronnie
Woodrow Wilson: APresbyterian President, 1992, Ronnie Hanna
Never Call Retreat: The Life and Times of Ulysses S Grant,
Ulster-American Hero, 1991, Ronnie Hanna
Life-Line to Freedom: Ulster in the Second World War, 1990, Derrick
William Johnston of Ballykilbeg, 1990, Aiken McClelland
Still Under Siege, 1989, Derek Miller
The Ulster Covenant, 1989, Edited by Gordon Lucy
Lord Macaulay on Londonderry, Aughram, Enniskillen and the Boyne,
1989, Edited by Gordon Lucy
Covenant and Challenge: Reflections on Ulster's Identity, 1989, Rev.
The Idea of the Union, 1995, Edited by Professor Wilson
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Understanding Ulster, Prof Anthony Alcock, Paperback 178 Pages, Price #7.99
For over twenty-five years the news from or about Northern Ireland has
been uniformly bad: terrorism, sectarian murder, discrimination, economic
shortage and social deprivation. Violence has claimed over 3,000 deaths
andover 30,000 injured.
What makes the Northern Ireland conflict unique is that whereas else-
where the world governments seek to retain control of areas where their
supporters are in an ethnic or political minority, in Northern Ireland
the British government would like to be rid of an area where its
supporters are in the majority. This book argues that since 1919
successive British governments have shown little commitment to the Union,
deliberately pursuing a policy of Irish unification by consent. This has
involved turning a blind eye to Dublin's claims to Northern Ireland,
ignoring and cold- shouldering Unionists, and accepting Southern
involvement in Northern affairs. But if this has alienated and
demoralised the Unionist community it has not shaken the determination to
remain with Britain rather than loin the Irish Republic, while the
emphasis on consent has merely served to frustrate the unitication hopes
of Irish Nationalists.
The result is that both the Unionist and the Nationalist communities in
Northern Ireland see themselves as victims, with nothing to say to each
other, and the political vacuum is filled by paramilitaries.
Anthony Alcock is Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the
University of Ulster, teaching European History and Politics and
specialising in the protection of culturally divided communities and the
process of European integration.
The Ulster Cover-Up, John Morrison, Paperback, 164 pages, Price #6.95 +
A history graduate of two universities and a prizeman in economics, John
Morrison has engaged in several kinds of journalism and was for many
years a regular columnist in a local Sunday newspaper. He has been
personally acquainted with many leading figures of Northern Ireland
political, social and religious life. The access he has had to events and
to what lies behind them has revealed to him many areas of Ulster affairs
which have been quite untruthfiilly represented to the British public and
to the world. Urged on by friends and former readers of his column, he
has turned aside from other projects to write this book, recording what
has actually happened in Ulster in recent years and the reason why Ulster
events have been the subject of so much disinformation and cover-up.
Woodrow Wilson: A Presbyterian President, Ronnie Hanna Paperback 85 pages.
Price #3.95 + P&P.
Woodrow Wilson was the grandson of James Wilson from Strabane and the son
of a Presbyterian minister; he was also one of America's greatest
Presidents. His legacy to his country and to the world is impressive -
after implement- ing a programme of much needed progressive social
reforms in the United States, he went on to assume leadership of the
allied cause in the Great War and in the process drew up the blue-print
for what we know today as the United Nations. Wilson was truely the first
world leader of modern times, but at heart he remained what he was born,
an Ulster Presbyterian.
Never Call Retreat, Ronnie Hanna Paperback, 148 pages, Price #5.95 + P&P.
Ronnie Hanna does not seek to hid Grant's faults, particularly as chief
executive, but he does ample justice to the energy and organisational
ability which brought an end to America's rnost disastrous war. He has
compressed the facts of a comlpex and diversified life story into a lucid
and masterly biography." Rory Fitzpatrid
Life-Line to Freedom, Derrick Gibson-Harries Paperback, 118 pages, Price
#4.50 + P&P.
This book recalls the traumatic years of 1939/45 when Ulster served not
only as a vital military base but as a provider of men and material for
the cause of freedom. We get a glimpse of what life was like here for the
farmers and factory workers and, drawing on many pictures not previously
seen, we bring back the time when Ulster was practically one of the
states of the U.S.A.
For those who lived through the war years or for those for whom it is an
event in history, this book will be one to treasure.
William Johnston of Ballykillbeg, Aiken McClelland, Paperback, 135 Pages,
Price #5.50 + P&P.
William Johnston's main contribution to the development of Ulster
Loyalism was his securing, between 1867 and 1872, the right of Orangemen
to parade freely in their own land, and by so doing to demonstrate to the
nationalist community with whom they shared that land, to westminister,
Dublin and the world that they were a potent political and cultural force
The historian and the general reader alike will now have the opportunity
to study and peruse Aiken McClelland's biography of this enigmatic Orange
stalwart who, through frequently ill and rarely out of debt, prepared the
ground for the emergence of that more comprehensive and dynamic form of
Ulster Unionism which James Craig and Sir Edward Carson were to lead.
Still UnderSiege, Derek Miller, Paperback 77 pages. Price #3.95 + P&P.
Still Under Siege tells the heroic story of the events of 1688/89 and
brings that story up to the present day. In this important book Derek
Miller captures the drama and significance of those past battles and
relates them to our own times.
Derek Miller, a native of Londonderry, is a school teacher by profession.
He is well known in the North West, especially through his association
with the Apprentice Boys of Derry.
The Ulster Covenant: A Pictorial History of the 1912 Home Rule Crisis.
Edited by Gordon Lucy, Paperback 99 pages. Price #5.95 + P&P.
28th September, 1912 was the day which saw the signing of Ulster's Solemn
League and Covenant by which the people of Ulster showed their
solidarity, determination and self-discipline when opposing Asquith's
Home Rule Bill. The Covenant proclaimed that Ulstermen would surrender
neither their "civil and religious freedom" nor their cherished position
of equal citizenship in the United Kingdom" and would combine to resist
the imposition of an unjust Dublin rule. In the cities, towns and
villages of Ulster, the signing of the Covenant was a truly impressive
demonstration of Ulster Unionist discipline. Martin Ross - of Irish R.M.
fame - was greatly impressed by "the unadorned and individual action of
those who had left their fields, and taken their lives and liberties in
their hands laying them forth in the open sunshine as the measure of
their resolve." In Ulster, the Covenant was signed by 218,206 men; and
228,991 women signed a parallel declaration associating themselves with
the men ''in their uncompromising opposition to the Home Rule Bill now
before Parliament." A further 19,162 men and 5,055 women oi Ulster birth
signed at various locations outside the Province. By the end ot the day,
the people of Ulster had demonstrated their resolve to the British
Parliament and to the world.
Lord Macaulay on Londonderry, Aughram, Enniskillen and the Boyne Edited by
Gordon Lucy, Paperback 92 pages. Price #4.00 + P&P.
"A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote
ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remem- bered with
pride by remote descendants" - Lord Macaulay.
This publication celebrates not only the Tercentenary of the 'Glorious
Revolution' but righily highlights the all-important local contribution
to this milestone in the history of the British people and constitution.
The Glorious Revolution found its greatest historian in Lord Macaulay.
His History of England is a vivid exposition of a great people's struggle
for civil and religious liberty, for representative government and,
ultimately, as the story was to unfold, for democ- racy itself.
With linking passages Macaulay's supreme command of vivid and dynamic
prose is employed to good effect to recount the epic siege of
Londonderry, the oft-forgotten exploits of the Enniskillen men, the
valiant deeds performed at the Boyne in the presence if the 'glorious
pious and immortal memory' and, finally, the most bloody engage- ment in
Irish history on the plain of Aughrim.
Covenant and Challenge, Rev. Brett Ingram Paperback 145 pages. Price #4.95
This book gathers together some of the papers and miscellaneous articles
of one of Ulster's best known and most loved historians, Rev. Brett
Rev. Ingram was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and served In a
number of clerical posts, the last being Rector of Ballygawley. He was a
prominent member of The Ulster Society. He wrote a number of books,
including The Bible Catalogue and The Ulster Tide. In 1970 he was
responsible for producing the Armavigil Pageant. in Armagh, commemorating
the disestablishment of The Church of Ireland in 1870.
Rev. Ingram was a great Ulsterman and used his expert knowledge to
promote the interests of the land he loved. He was a great communicator
and a man of striking personality. He was also blessed with an original
sense of humour.
In these pages the reader is given a flavour of Brett Ingram's
captivating style. Although his death has robbed our country of one of
it's most eloquent champions, his writings will outlast the ravages of
The Idea of the Union: Statements and Critiques in Support of the Union of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Edited by Prof Wilson, Paperback, Price
#4.00 + P&P.
The continued maintenance of the Union is the best, most rational and
intelligent option available to all the people of Northern Ireland,
irrespective of class and creed. The Union is a good cause monumentally
ill-served by those whom we elect to promote the pro-Union case.
Nationalists, by way of contrast, have succeeded in marketing and
packaging a poor intellectually shallow and shabby cause very
The publication of The Idea of the Union marks the beginning of a more
professional and effective presentation of the pro-Union case. As such,
it is the book for which we have all been waiting. No argument which can
and ought to be deployed in defence of the Union is omitted. This
publication is a veritable handbook of intelligent Unionism
The volume is edited by Professor John Wilson Foster and includes
contributions from Dr Arthur Aughey, Dr Dennis Kennedy, Robert McCartney
QC, Patrick Roche and Dr Graham Walker among others
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