Britishness since 1870

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Routledge, Apr 15, 2004 - History - 256 pages

What does it mean to be British? It is now recognized that being British is not innate, static or permanent, but that national identities within Britain are constantly constructed and reconstructed. Britishness since 1870 examines this definition and redefinition of the British national identity since the 1870s.

Paul Ward argues that British national identity is a resilient force, and looks at how Britishness has adapted to changing circumstances.

Taking a thematic approach, Britishness since 1870 examines the forces that have contributed to a sense of Britishness, and considers how Britishness has been mediated by other identities such as class, gender, region, ethnicity and the sense of belonging to England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

 

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Contents

Monarchy and Empire
14
Ceremony celebration and the making of the nation as family
18
nation ethnicity and class
22
Politics monarchy and imperialism
28
The monarchy and the end of Empire
31
Gender and national identity
37
Masculinity Britishness and Empire in the late nineteenth century
38
Women and the nation 18701918
39
Countervailing currents
96
The First World War
98
Between the wars
100
British Fascism and Communism
101
Patriotism and politics in the peoples war
105
The politics of European identity
108
A new way of being British ethnicity and Britishness
113
Continuities and varieties before 1945
116

Women in Ireland Scotland and Wales
42
The impact of the Great War
44
Gender and Britishness in the Second World War
47
Gender race and home in postwar Britain
50
Rural urban and regional Britishness
54
Finding the core of the nation
55
Regional identities
66
Spare time
73
Sport nation and Empire
74
Sport and nation in Scotland Wales and Ireland
76
Regional and local identities in British sport
80
Race sport and identity
82
Discordant voices
84
Going on holiday
85
Resisting the Americanisation of culture
89
Politicians parties and national identity
93
The Second World War and the national community
123
Numbers and the other in affluent Britain
125
the politics of exclusion
127
Black and Asian identities in the UK
135
Outer Britain
141
Holding together or pulling apart?
142
Wales
143
Scotland
149
Ireland and Northern Ireland
157
The end of Britain?
168
Conclusion
170
Notes
174
Bibliography
211
Index
229
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About the author (2004)

Paul Ward is senior lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Huddersfield. He is the author of 'Red Flag and Union Jack: Englishness, Patriotism and the British Left, 1881-1924' (1998).

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