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Englishness: Politics and Culture 1880-1920by Robert Colls
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'Englishness' is by no means the defining quality of those living in the territory that has come to be England, but a concept that has been made and remade throughout history, expressing itself through existing symbols and ideas. This volume of wide-ranging essays constitutes a major work on English national identity and patriotism as it evolved during the period1880-1920, has had a significant impact on writing and research in the field and is considered a definitive text for students of modern British history and many other courses in politics, sociology and literature.
Divided into two sections, essays in the first half of the book explore Englishness and national culture, considering the English rural ideology that endured in spite of England's status as an industrial nation; the invention of English literature; the identity of English music and the reception of Elgar; and the constructed image of the 'Englishwoman' in the period. The second half of the book focuses on political culture, with essays discussing the Irish as 'marginal Britons'; the permeation of Liberalism into English society and politics after the fall of the party itself; the relationship between patriotism and Conservative politics; and the perhaps lesser-known role played by socialism in the construction of Englishness.
This updated edition of Englishness contains a new introduction and afterword, which set this key work in the context of research done since its original publication and relate it to current debates on the topic of Britain as a multi-national state. This important volume contains ideas that are still pertinent today, and its enduring contemporary relevance makes it essential reading for students and scholars.
'Englishness' is by no means the unchanging quality of those living in the territory that has come to be England, but a concept that has been made and remade throughout history, expressing itself through existing symbols and ideas.
Since its first publication in 1987 this collection has been regarded as a major work on English national identity as it evolved during the period 1880-1920 and has had a significant impact on writing and research. It is a classic text for students of modern British history and courses in politics, sociology and literature.
This updated edition of Englishness contains a new introduction by Robert Colls and Philip Dodd, which sets the work in the context of research done since its original publication, and an afterword by Will Self which relates it to current debates on Britain as a multinational state.
This important collection contains ideas that are still pertinent today, making it essential reading for students and scholars alike.
About the Author
Robert Colls is Professor of Cultural History at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
Philip Dodd is an author, curator, BBC broadcaster, chairman of Made in China UK and Visiting Professor, University of the Arts, London, UK.
Table of Contents
Englishness and the National Culture Philip Dodd (University of the Arts, London, UK)
Englishness and the Political Culture Robert Colls (De Montfort University, UK)
The Discovery of Rural England Alun Howkins (University of Sussex, UK)
The Invention of English Brian Doyle (1943-1997), author of English and Englishness (1989)
A Literature for England Peter Brooker (University of Nottingham, UK) and Peter Widdowson (formerly University of Gloucestershire, UK)
The Identity of English Music: The Reception of Elgar 1898-1935 Jeremy Crump (De Montfort University, UK)
The Englishwoman Alice Mackay (independent scholar, UK) and Pat Thane (King's College, London, UK)
The Marginal Britons: The Irish D George Boyce (University of Swansea, UK)
Englishness and the Liberal Inheritance After 1886 Dennis Smith (University of Loughborough, UK)
The Conservative Party and Patriotism Hugh Cunningham (University of Kent, UK)
Socialism, the State and Some Oppositional Englishness Stephen Yeo (formerly University of Oxford, UK)
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