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How was Great Britain made? And what has it meant at different times to be British?
In this prize-winning book, Linda Colley combines imperial, political, social and cultural history to analyse the evolution of Britishness, evoking its enduring tensions as well as its powerful characteristics. Britons is now reissued in a revised edition with a new introductory essay by the author commenting on the book's genesis and critical reception and on recent political developments.
In this prize-winning book, Linda Colley interweaves political, military, and social history to recount how England, Wales, and Scotland joined together to form a new British nation and how heroes and politicians, artists and writers, and ordinary men and women helped forge a British identity. 82 b&w illustrations.
“Dashingly written and firmly unsentimental.”—Keith Thomas, New York Review of Books
“Extremely learned and penetrating . . . [and] most entertaining.”—Conor Cruise O’Brien, New Republic
". . . the most dazzling and comprehensive study of a national identity yet to appear in any language. It ranges as widely as its subject demands—taking in things often forgotten by conventional political history. . . . It is a model of its kind."—Tom Nairn, The Scotsman
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