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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The historians at University of Westminster, Royal Holloway University of London
and most recently the University of Huddersfield have provided the general
career support and friendship that has made being a university lecturer so
1 Frank Prochaska sees the development of the monarch's popularity as a result
of the interplay of the royal family and the public through joint activity in pursuit of
charitable ends. In this relationship, benefits came to both sides. The monarch ...
33 It was not only through the big royal and imperial events that people felt
connected to the monarchy, the nation and the Empire. The charitable work of the
monarchy has been crucial in securing public approval, but Prochaska also
although royal, shared the typical hopes, joys and concerns of respectable
families throughout the nation'.43 In the late 1930s, the ban on cinematic
depiction of Queen Victoria was lifted, and the theme of the two enormously
popular films ...
... This was often undertaken through charitable works, for charities with royal
patronage, and in turn the middle classes, ... soldiers serving overseas.80 It has
already been shown how the royal family has made journeys into other countries
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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?