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Identity of England

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Only forty years ago, English identity was not in question. Indeed it was hardly recognized as a subject for discussion, except perhaps in rather an ironic vein. Now, as certainty has given way to concern and every aspect of national life is changing … weiterlesen
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Titel: Identity of England
Autor/en: Robert Colls

ISBN: 0199269947
EAN: 9780199269945
Sprache: Englisch.
OXFORD UNIV PR

Juni 2004 - kartoniert - 409 Seiten

Beschreibung

The English stand now in need of a new sense of home and belonging - a reassessment of who they are. This is a history of who they were, written from the perspective of the twenty-first century. It begins by considering how the English state identified an English nation which, from very early days, seems to have seen itself as not simply the creature of state or king. It considers also how in modern times the English nation survived shattering revolutions in technology, urban living, and global conflict, while at the same time retaining a softer, more human vision of themselves as a people in touch with their nature and their land. They claimed that there was more to living in England than work and wages, there was more to running a vast empire than just exploiting it. For all its faults and inequalities, they identified with their state. For all their shortcomings they were confident of their place in history. As little as forty years ago, these ideas were not much in doubt. Though vague and often contradictory, they held together as the English people held together -as a whole. Indeed, 'Englishness' was hardly recognized as a subject for analysis, except perhaps in a rather ironic and self-mocking vein. But now 'the national question' is back and history is at the top of the agenda. From a rich store of historical memory and possibility, Robert Colls connects the identity of England in the past with the changing and uncertain identity of England today.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introduction; BUILDING THE NATION; 1. The Law Becomes You; 2. Uniting the Kingdoms; 3. Constituting the Modern Nation; EXTENDING THE STATE; 4 Modern Gentlemanly Progress; 5 The Nation over Itself; 6 Colonials; 7. Women and Workers; 8. Loyalties; POST-IMPERIAL REFORMATION; 9. Forward March Halted; 10. Imagined Nation; 11. Reconstituting the Nation; Bridgehead; BUILDING THE HOMELAND; 12. England as a Garden; 13. Wasteland; 14. Island; 15. Natives; 16. Journeys; ABSORBING THE PEOPLE; 17. Celts; 18. National Properties; 19. Common People; 20. Left-over People; ENGLAND NOW; 21. Anarchy in the UK?; 22. Thinking with England; Conclusion; Select Bibliography; Index

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Robert Colls has no equal. BBC History Magazine
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