Britishness since 1870

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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 ...

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Overview

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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'[This book will] serve as a useful introduction to a complicated but rewarding field of academic inquiry.' –ZAA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415220163
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Ward is senior lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Huddersfield. He is the author of 'Red Flag and Union Jack: Englishness, Patriotism and the British Left, 1881-1924' (1998).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Being British
1. Monarchy and Empire
2. Gender and National Identity
3. Rural, Urban and Regional Britishness
4. Spare Time
5. Politicians, Parties and National Identity
6. A New Way of Being British
7. Outer Britain
Conclusion
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