Naval Engagements: Patriotism, Cultural Politics, and the Royal Navy 1793-1815

Naval Engagements: Patriotism, Cultural Politics, and the Royal Navy 1793-1815

by Timothy Jenks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199297711

ISBN-13: 9780199297719

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The construction of an important element in British national identity is explored in Naval Engagements, looking at the ways in which the navy - a major symbol of national community - was given meaning by a range of social groupings. The study is at once a cultural history of national identity, a social history of naval commemoration, and a political history of

Overview

The construction of an important element in British national identity is explored in Naval Engagements, looking at the ways in which the navy - a major symbol of national community - was given meaning by a range of social groupings. The study is at once a cultural history of national identity, a social history of naval commemoration, and a political history of struggles over patriotism.

Examining the place that naval symbols occupied in British wartime political culture, Timothy Jenks argues that these were more relevant to patriotic discourse than the more commonly explored 'apotheosis' of the Hanoverian monarchs. He establishes the centrality of public images of admirals to the 'victory culture' and political experience of the day, tracing efforts by groups across the political spectrum to invest these figures with appropriate political capital and contemporary meaning. He engages with arguments concerning popular patriotism and the relative cohesiveness of British society. Most importantly, the book establishes the centrality of naval symbolism to the political culture of Georgian Britian. At the same time, it reveals the social practices and discourses that consistently interacted to delimit and restrain a variety of projects ostensibly designed to foster patriotism and national identity.

Patriotism was contested, this study argues, rather than consensual, and British national identity in the period was contingent, an ambivalence crucial to the manner in which naval symbols functioned.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199297719
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The 'Glorious Firsts of June'
2. Patriotic Instabilities
3. Naval Triumph and the Public Sphere
4. Contesting Naval Heroism
5. Lord Cochrane in Radical Westminster
Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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