British Consciousness and Identity: The Making of Britain, 1533-1707

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This collection makes a special contribution to the development of the "new British history"—which seeks to explore in a comparative framework the history of the national entities that constitute the two islands of the Atlantic Archipelago. The contributors represent the four constituent national communities, and their essays provide a further corrective to the Anglocentric bias of traditional British history. Generally the book sheds light on current debates concerning "the Union" and devolution as well as on Britain's historic and continuing "Irish problem."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521893619
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Tudor Wales, national identity and the British inheritance Peter Roberts; 2. The English Reformation and identity formation in Ireland and Wales Brendan Bradshaw; 3. Faith, culture and sovereignty: Irish nationality and its development, 1558–1625 Marc Caball; 4. From English to British literature: John Lyly's Euphues and Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene Andrew Hadfield; 5. The British problem in three tracts on Ireland by Spenser, Bacon and Milton Willy Maley; 6. James Ussher and the creation of an Irish Protestant identity Alan Ford; 7. Seventeenth-century Wales: definition and identity Philip Jenkins; 8. Scottish identity in the seventeenth century Keith M. Brown; 9. The gaidhealtachd and the emergence of the Scottish Highlands Jane Dawson; 10. Anglo-Irish unionist discourse, c.1656–1707: from Harrington to Fletcher Jim Smyth; Protestantism, constitutionalism and British identity under the later Stuarts Colin Kidd.

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