Britishness since 1870
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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National identities in many countries other than the United Kingdom have
seemed to be more obviously contested. Disputes over borders in Europe have
been frequent, and often bloody. Alsace-Lorraine was ceded by a militarily
The chapter does examine the simultaneous sense of separateness and
integration within the UK. While it certainly does ... The final chapter examines the
experiences of Ireland, Scotland and Wales within the United Kingdom. Its
The United Kingdom consists of four nations united by the monarchy. There were
concerns that the monarch was too closely associated with England and
Englishness. John Davies points out that during her reign Queen Victoria spent
... and the ruins were so often in working-class areas.8' The monarchy made the
working class part of the nation, as it had also sought to incorporate Scotland,
Wales and immigrants into the United Kingdom. Politics, monarchy and
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The First World War
Between the wars
British Fascism and Communism
Patriotism and politics in the peoples war
The politics of European identity
A new way of being British ethnicity and Britishness
Continuities and varieties before 1945
Women in Ireland Scotland and Wales
The impact of the Great War
Gender and Britishness in the Second World War
Gender race and home in postwar Britain
Rural urban and regional Britishness
Finding the core of the nation
Sport nation and Empire
Sport and nation in Scotland Wales and Ireland
Regional and local identities in British sport
Race sport and identity
Going on holiday
Resisting the Americanisation of culture
Politicians parties and national identity
The Second World War and the national community
Numbers and the other in affluent Britain
the politics of exclusion
Black and Asian identities in the UK
Holding together or pulling apart?
Ireland and Northern Ireland
The end of Britain?