This Introduction places the monograph in the wider context of twentieth‐century Southern Irish Protestant experience and identity. It defines the boundaries of Southern Irish Protestantism as a social, religious, and cultural category, distinguishing it from Anglo‐Irishness. It challenges caricatures of Southern Protestant decline and summarizes the theological and social legacy of the Church of Ireland inheritance. It identifies Hubert Butler as a preeminent figure within the Southern minority during the post‐revolutionary generation. At the same time, it recognizes him as an anomalous figure among both Protestants and Catholics, arguing that this makes him a valuable vehicle for assessing the complexities of modern Irish cultural identity.
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