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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Being British is no longer seen as innate, static and permanent. Indeed, it is seen
as under threat. In this book I examine the definition and redefinition of national
identities within the United Kingdom since the 1870s. This period embraces the ...
From at least the late nineteenth to at least the late twentieth century monarchy
was seen as central to British national identity. Between 1876, when Disraeli
gave Queen Victoria the title of Empress of India, and 1953, the monarchy was ...
The 'Celtic periphery' has been seen as the weak link in support for the monarchy
. It is clear that proximity to the monarchy bred loyalty because opportunities
arose more often to celebrate royalty and, in turn, to have one's efforts validated.
Indeed, the campaign for the parliamentary vote by women was part of a wider
campaign for citizenship, a claim to be allowed full involvement in the affairs of
the nation, and a desire to be seen as patriots alongside men. To explore this, the
Britannia is an ambiguous figure, in that she is seen to carry weapons for her own
defence, but the centrality of a female figure encourages men to her defence.1 In
order to love one's country one must assign to that country features worth ...
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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?