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Title: Unionism, faith, and minorities : a political biographical study of Sir Douglas Savory, M.P.
Author: Augsperger, Carolyn Pearl
ISNI:       0000 0004 6060 9475
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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This dissertation examines the career of Sir Douglas Savory, M.P., a British/lrish unionist and Conservative politician. The two main themes examined in this dissertation are the influence of both Ulster unionism and evangelical Anglicanism on Savory's political thought and activities. The dissertation gives insight into developments within twentieth century Ulster unionism and the construction of Northern Irish public culture. Examining Savory's career shows how a particular individual who began as an outsider cultivated a place at the heart of Northern Irish public life, through education, religion, and politics. The way in which he rose to prominence demonstrates the role of Queen's University Belfast and its academics in formulating policy in government. Savory became a key figure in unionist propaganda, publishing a series of pamphlets disseminating unionist political ideas during the Second World War and post-war period. The influence of religion on Savory's political thought and ideas gives particular insight into the religious strand within unionism. Savory's unionism and evangelical Protestantism made him an active campaigner on behalf of numerous causes beyond Northern Ireland, including religious minorities such as the Waldensians and the Moravians, political minorities such as the Heligolanders and the Danish-speaking people of South Schleswig, and Poland. He was motivated to defend groups with which he identified; in almost all cases, he perceived the groups for which he advocated as facing analogous plights to that faced by Ulster unionists. This demonstrates that his interest in these groups, while genuine, was also shaped by a degree of self-interest, as the way he framed these groups also helped to legitimise Ulster unionists. This dissertation examines themes of relevance to both Ulster unionism and evangelical Anglicanism, adding to scholarly understanding of these systems of thought and belief.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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