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.
In 1887 £80,000 was contributed by 2 million women as a 'Women's Jubilee
Offering' to the Queen. At the end of the twentieth century the Prince of Wales's
Charities handed out £1,367,230 in a single year and the involvement in AIDS ...
Anna Neagle, who played the Queen in both films, said that she saw working-
class women in the north of England weeping as they left the cinema.46 During
the Second World War, fought on the 'home front' to a much greater extent than
To be British is not necessarily the same for women as it is for men, for girls as it
is for boys. For much of ... used the phrase 'separate spheres' to describe the
differences in the social construction of men's and women's place in British
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
Baden-Powell warned his recruits that, 'Every boy ought to learn how to shoot
and to obey orders, else he is no more good when war breaks out than an old
woman.'7 Whether such persuasion was successful or not, the representation of ...
What people are saying - Write a review
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?