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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That four general elections were won by the Conservatives (one under John
Major, no less a Unionist than Thatcher) should suggest the strength of
Britishness in this period. But it was not only Conservatives who felt British.
Despite massive ...
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 ...
Likewise, in 1955, Malcolm Muggeridge found himself temporarily banned from
the BBC for calling the monarchy a soap opera and suggesting that some people
saw the Queen as dowdy and banal.90 At certain points, criticism ...
... but should remain within the British Empire for the foreseeable future.108 In
Britain, there was no anti-imperialist opposition, beyond a few marginal Marxists,
and that suggests that elections could be fought between varieties of imperialism.
War was greater than in the First, and the characterisation as a 'people's war'
suggests greater integration of women into the nation. Women's relationship to
the state, however, remained ambiguous and the role they were allowed to play
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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?