Ulster unionism and the Irish historiography debate

  title={Ulster unionism and the Irish historiography debate},
  author={Christopher Farrington},
  journal={Irish Studies Review},
  pages={251 - 261}
  • C. Farrington
  • Published 1 December 2003
  • Sociology
  • Irish Studies Review
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