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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Since the 1970s there has been a sense of crisis about what it has meant to be
British. But not only British. Far from being constants, as had been presumed to
be, national identities have been recognised as constructed and reconstructed.
In this view, there was only a transient and unstable sense of a British national
identity, and it has recently been argued by Christopher Harvie that there was
only a brief moment of Britishness, between 1939 and 1970.2 This has been ...
In addition in this period, two World Wars contributed powerfully to the sense that
the British had common purpose. Out of the second of these wars emerged a new
form of Britishness that entered into people's everyday lives through a national ...
... sense of Britishness, while also giving due weight to the ways in which
Britishness has been mediated by other identities, such as those of class, gender,
region, ethnicity and the sense of belonging to England, Scotland, Wales and
... were affected by the variety of social identities of the British people, and the
main part of this chapter suggests ways in which monarchy and Empire have
been mobilised to overcome potential divisions to develop a sense of Britishness.
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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?