Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837 / Edition 3

Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837 / Edition 3

by Linda Colley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300152809

ISBN-13: 9780300152807

Pub. Date: 10/27/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

How was Great Britain made? And what does it mean to be British? This brilliant and seminal book examines how a more cohesive British nation was invented after 1707 and how this new national identity was nurtured through war, religion, trade, and empire. Lavishly illustrated and powerful, Britons remains a major contribution to our understanding of

Overview

How was Great Britain made? And what does it mean to be British? This brilliant and seminal book examines how a more cohesive British nation was invented after 1707 and how this new national identity was nurtured through war, religion, trade, and empire. Lavishly illustrated and powerful, Britons remains a major contribution to our understanding of Britain’s past, and continues to influence ongoing controversies about this polity’s survival and future. This edition contains an extensive new preface by the author.

“A sweeping survey, . . . evocatively illustrated and engagingly written.”—Harriet Ritvo, New York Times Book Review

“Challenging, fascinating, enormously well informed.”—John Barrell, London Review of Books

 

“Linda Colley writes with clarity and grace...Her stimulating book will be, and deserves to be influential”—E. P. Thompson, Dissent

Linda Colley is Shelby M. C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University.

Winner of the Wolfson History Prize

A New York Times Notable Book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300152807
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
469
Sales rank:
959,890
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Britons Re-visited xi

Introduction 1

1 Protestants 11

A less than united kingdom 11

The struggles of God's elect 19

Jerusalem the golden 30

A polity by force of faith 44

2 Profits 55

Land, trade, war and empire 56

Jacobitism and the economics of loyalty 72

Investing in the nation 86

The price of it all 99

3 Peripheries 102

New landmarks 103

John Wilkes and Englishness 105

A Scottish empire? 118

America and the revolution in British sensibilities 134

4 Dominance 149

Crisis of an order 152

The making of the British ruling class 158

The cultural reconstruction of an elite 167

Heroes of their own epic 180

5 Majesty 199

A royal culture confined 200

Why George III was different 209

The mechanics of royal celebration 221

Meanings and magic 233

6 Womanpower 242

Beating against the bonds of womanhood 244

War and the sexes 256

Making separate spheres work for women 268

A woman's place is in the nation 278

7 Manpower 289

A nation in arms 292

Who was willing to fight? 297

The private reasons why 306

The politics of popular commitment 315

8 Victories? 327

Catholic emancipation and division 330

Parliamentary reform and compromise 341

Slavery, freedom and consensus 357

A nation redefined and undefined 368

Conclusions 372

Appendices 385

1 The Geography of Loyalty in 1745 386

2 Men at Arms throughout Great Britain, May 1804 388

3 Volunteers and their Chosen Sphere of Action in 1798 391

Notes 394

Photograph Acknowledgements 426

Index 427

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