Further Reading: Some Basic Book Recommendations on Loyalist Paramilitaries

Another excellent post from Balaclava Street…get reading!!!

Balaclava Street

Occasionally I receive messages from readers asking for advice regarding what books to read on the subject of loyalism and especially the loyalist paramilitaries. With this in mind I thought it would be a good idea to prepare a basic list of “required” reading for those looking into the topic, whether for research or simply curiosity. It is aimed at the relatively unfamiliar and so will not deal with the drier, more technical works or academic papers.

For a sociological perspective on the loyalist paramilitaries two books – both by two Scottish academics – stand out, the first by Steve Bruce. Now a Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, Bruce spent 13 years in Belfast teaching at Queen’s University. Shortly after leaving Northern Ireland he published The Red Hand, a meticulous and superbly-researched study of Northern Ireland’s “pro-state paramilitaries”, a definition which has become virtually standard. Covering…

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