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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... of the monarchy has been crucial in securing public approval, but Prochaska
also points out that royal involvement in the recognition of the charitable works of
the public plays an important role in the transformation of civic into national pride.
... Victoria the Great (1937) and Sixty Glorious Years (1938), was exactly the role
of the monarch in a national family extending throughout the British Empire. Anna
Neagle, who played the Queen in both films, said that she saw working-class ...
... became far less tense after the bombing of Buckingham Palace.86 As Angus
Calder has observed, "The monarchy, with its essential, mystified role . . . had
been given new stature by the comportment of George VI and his smiling Queen
Historians have become increasingly aware that gender roles, both masculine
and feminine, are socially constructed and are therefore subject to change ... To
explore this, the focus of this discussion will be women's role in the First World
Women's relationship to the state, however, remained ambiguous and the role
they were allowed to play was limited. Women's employment and independence
raised questions about men's place within the nation, particularly when American
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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?