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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Responses to the monarchy and Empire, as explained above, 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 ...
... ethnicity and class Representation of the monarch as head of the national
family helped to overcome internal social and geographical divisions. The United
Kingdom consists of four nations united by the monarchy. There were concerns
The rise in the popularity of the monarchy in the nineteenth century was enabled
by the monarch's substantial withdrawal from party politics, but it remained clear
that the monarchy would always support the social system over which it ...
... and went on to establish the Fabian Colonial Research Bureau in 1940 which
argued that Africa should be developed economically and socially, but should
remain within the British Empire for the foreseeable future.108 In Britain, there
For much of the period since 1870, contemporaries used the phrase 'separate
spheres' to describe the differences in the social construction of men's and
women's place in British society. Men in this description were assigned to the
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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?