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What is the history of Britishness? How do contemporary historians and theorists view the question of Britain now? This major contribution to the field examines the relationship between history and national identity in Britain through over 30 essays by leading historians and theorists. With contributions from Tariq Modood, Bernard Porter, Keith Robbins and Alan O'Day, this comprehensive volume provides cutting edge research, and addresses questions such as:

o How has the history of Britain been 'reimagined'
over the past twenty-five years?
o What have been the roles of such diverse
factors as nature, the sea, multinationalism or
gender in shaping British nationhood?
o What can we learn about the British national
identity from the experience of Ireland?
o In what ways has history contributed to
debates over British devolution?


Description

What is the history of Britishness? How do contemporary historians and theorists view the question of Britain now? This major contribution to the field examines the relationship between history and national identity in Britain through over 30 essays by leading historians and theorists. With contributions from Tariq Modood, Bernard Porter, Keith Robbins and Alan O'Day, this comprehensive volume provides cutting edge research, and addresses questions such as:

o How has the history of Britain been 'reimagined'
over the past twenty-five years?
o What have been the roles of such diverse
factors as nature, the sea, multinationalism or
gender in shaping British nationhood?
o What can we learn about the British national
identity from the experience of Ireland?
o In what ways has history contributed to
debates over British devolution?


Contents

Foreword; N.Davies
Introduction; R.Phillips and H.Brocklehurst
PART I: HISTORIOGRAPHICAL BRITAINS
British History and the Generation of Change; K.Robbins
Four Nations History in Perspective; H.Kearney
The Changing Context of Welsh Historiography: 1890-2000; N.Evans
Enlightenment Historiography and its Legacy; M.G.H.Pittock
Three Fables of Britishness; A.Aughey
PART II: BRITISH IDENTITY, NATIONALISM AND ETHNICITY
Perspectives on Irish Identity, Nationalism and Ethnicity; A.O'Day
Redefinding Britannia: The role of 'Marginal'Generations in Reshaping British National Consciousness; J.Edmunds
Britishness out of Immigration and Anti-Racism; T.Modood
The Place of Ulster: Alternative Loyalist Identities; B.Graham
Civic or Ethnic? The Evolution of Britishness and Scottishness; A.Ichijo
Britain as Island: National Identity and the Sea; K.Lunn and A.Day
The Island Garden: English Landscape and British Identity; D.Lowenthal
PART III: BRITISH IDENTITY AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVES
'Four Nations Prehistory': Cores and Archetypes in the Writing of Prehistory; G.Barclay
Anglo-Saxon Saint's Lives, History and National Identity in Late Medieval England; K.J.Lewis
Antithesis: How to Create a Nation; S.Barber
449 and all that: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Interpretations of the 'Anglo-Saxon Invasion' of Britain; R.Floyd
Elite Power and British Political Identity: The Irish Elite in the 'British World'; J.Ridden
Nationalism and National Identity in British Politics, c. 1880s to 1914; P.Ward
PART IV: EMPIRE AND ITS LEGACIES
Britain and the Other: The Archaeology of Imperialism; M.Diaz-Andreu
The End of Empire and the Fate of Britishness; S.Ward
Empire and British National Identity, 1815-1914; B.Porter
Lessons in Englishness and Empire, c. 1880-1914: Further Thoughts on the English/British Conundrum; P.Yeandle
PART V: HERITAGE, COMMEMORATION AND TRAUMA
The Youth of Our Nation in Symbol Making and Remaking the Masculine Ideal in the Era of the Two World Wars; M.Paris
National Identity, Re-enactment and Conflict: A Usable Past?; A.I.P.Smith
(D)evolving Identities: Changing Representations of National Identity in Scottish and Welsh Museums; R.Mason
White Past, Multicultural Present: Heritage and National Stories; J.Littler and R.Naidoo
Rethinking 'Footnotes' to British/Irish History: Vernacular Historiographies, Folk Commemoration and 'Porous Meta-Narratives'; G.Beiner
Ulster - British Identity and the Cultural Memory of 'Genocide' and 'Ethnic Cleansing' on the Northern Ireland Border; G.Dawson
PART VI: ENGLISH STORIES AND 'THE' NATIONAL PAST?
'I was mediating about England': the Importance of Rural England for the Construction of 'Englishness'; C.Berberich
'You're History!' Media Representation, Nationhood and the National Past; H.Brocklehurst and R.Phillips
Heroes and Demons as Historical Bookmarks in the English Popular Press; M.Conboy


Authors

HELEN BROCKLEHURST is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Wales Swansea. She was previously the researcher on the ESRC Devolution and Constitutional Change Project from which this book originated. She is currently completing a book titled Who's Afraid of Children?: Children, Conflict and International Relations (forthcoming).

ROBERT PHILLIPS some time appointed Chair of the Centre for Border Studies at the University of Glamorgan. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in History Education, and a Fellow of the National Centre for Public Policy Research, at the University of Wales Swansea for over a decade. He has published extensively on the history curriculum in schools and related issues of historiography. He is probably best known for History Teaching, Nationhood and the State: A Study in Educational Politics (Cassell, 1998) which won the Standing Conference for Studies in Education Prize for the most outstanding scholarly work on education in 1998. Other recent books include Issues in History Teaching (edited with J. Arthur, Routledge 2000), Education, Reform and the State: Twenty Five Years of Politics, Policy and Practice (edited with John Furlong, Routledge, 2001) and Education Policy Making in Wales: Explorations in Devolved Governance (University of Wales Press, 2000). He has also published Reflective Teaching of History: Meeting Standards and Applying Research (Continuum, 2002), within the Continuum Research and Reflective Practice Series (which he also edits). He has recently published a book on the Great War called Wales in the World: the Battle for Mametz Wood (University of Wales, 2003). He has currently edited (with H. Brocklehurst) a major book entitled History, Nationhood and the Question of Britain (Palgrave, 2003), which brings together over 30 historians and social scientists, based upon papers given at the BRISHIN conference held at York, 2002.