Covering the period from the re-establishment of the Irish militia
during the Crimean War until the disbandment of the Ulster Defence
Regiment in 1992, this book examines the Irish amateur military
tradition within the British Army, distinctive from a British
amateur military tradition. Irish men and women of both religions
and political persuasions made a significant contribution to these
forces, and in so doing played an important role within the British
Empire, whilst also providing a crucial link between the army and
Irish society. Utilising new source material, this book
demonstrates the complex nature of Irish involvement with British
institutions and its Empire. It argues that within this unique
tradition, two divergent Protestant and Catholic traditions
emerged, and membership of these organisations was used as a means
of social mobility, for political patronage, and, crucially, to
demonstrate loyalty to Britain and its Empire.
Manchester University Press Melland Schill Studies
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