When analyzing the importance of sectarianism within Unionist intellectual culture during the period of 1885-1965, it must be seen within both British and imperial contexts. Scotland’s public culture proudly identified with Presbyterianism as the nation’s established confession.
The history of the Long Eighteenth century within the British Isles remains a complicated narrative strewn with the efforts of competing historiographies. Since the 1980s we in the field of British History have had to come to terms with the Clarkite Revolution and its effects on our own scholarship.
Jonathan Paquette currently studies Modern British political and intellectual history at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.