Britishness since 1870 by Paul Ward

By Paul Ward

What does it suggest to be British? it really is now famous that being British isn't really innate, static or everlasting, yet that nationwide identities inside of Britain are continually built and reconstructed. Britishness due to the fact 1870 examines this definition and redefinition of the British nationwide identification because the 1870s.

Paul Ward argues that British nationwide id is a resilient strength, and appears at how Britishness has tailored to altering circumstances.

Taking a thematic procedure, Britishness for the reason that 1870 examines the forces that experience contributed to a feeling of Britishness, and considers how Britishness has been mediated via different identities equivalent to classification, gender, area, ethnicity and the experience of belonging to England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

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While more attended the street parties than bought the single (some may well have done both), disrespect for monarchy was evident. Such attacks brought a backlash, and Thatcherism could be seen as representing an English nationalism (or English-dominated unionism) that sought to re-establish both Britain’s place in the world and England’s place in the United Kingdom. 130 Thatcher sought to give back that sense. Thatcher’s ministers sought to strengthen the UK’s leadership in the world. Chris Patten, Conservative minister and later the governor of Hong Kong who presided over the colony’s transfer to China, celebrated the role of the British Council in taking British culture to the far-flung parts of Africa, as he recalled with pride seeing Ethiopians queuing to borrow books from the British Council’s library in Addis Ababa in 1988.

67 It is worth pointing out that the British monarchy is not alone in facing the complexities of multiple, and potentially fragmentary, identities of place. Britain is not peculiar in being a composite nation. King Juan Carlos, for example, has specifically set himself the task of maintaining a sense of Spanishness within the seventeen ‘autonomous communities’ that now make up Spain. 68 The British monarchy has also sought to overcome other divisions within society in order to instil a sense of national unity.

We are united as never before. And we want the world to know it. It is the new British spirit. ’73 Such comments suggested that the new national identity was more inclusive and that it had been cleansed of the taint of imperialism. At the same time, however, Britain’s imperial experience could, and did, build a sense of superiority close to the heart of Britishness. P. J. 74 Nonetheless, the British Empire was built upon ideas of Social Darwinism, which were transmitted to people in Britain. Numerous imperial exhibitions in Britain contained living tableaux representing an image of life in the colonies that was bound to encourage a sense of superiority.

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