First published in 1989, this is the first of three volumes exploring the changing notions of patriotism in British life from the thirteenth century to the late twentieth century and constitutes an attempt to come to terms with the power of the national idea through a historically informed critique.
This volume deals with the role of politics, history, religion, imperialism and race in the formation of English nationalism. In chapters dealing with a wide range of topics, the contributors demystify the prevailing conceptions of nationalism, suggesting ‘the nation’ has always been a contested idea, and only one of a number of competing images of collectivity.
Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction: exciting to be English Raphael Samuel; History; 1 History and patriotism Christopher Hill 2 Continuous national history Raphael Samuel 3 A defence of national history Alun Howkins 4 True romances Carolyn Steedman; Politics; 5 Were the English English? Rodney Hilton 6 National pride in seventeenth-century England Peter Furtado 7 The language of patriotism Hugh Cunningham 8 Little Englanders Richard Gott 9 Further thoughts on Little Englandism E. Green and M. Taylor 10 Pro-Boers Preben Kaarsholm 11 Labour patriotism 1939-83 Stephen Howe After nationalism Anthony Barnett; Protestantism; 13 The English Revolution and patriotism Christopher Hill 14 Radical patriotism in eighteenth-century England Linda Colley 15 Evangelicalism in mid-nineteenth-century England John Wolffe; Imperialism and war; 16 Imperialism and motherhood Anna Davin 17 Edwardian militarism Anne Summers; Race; 18 The Devil on two sticks: franco-phoibia in 1803 Stella Cottrell 19 White solidarity in 1914 Logie Barrow 20 The colour bar in Bristol, 1963 Marge Dresser; Name Index; Subject Index
First published between 1975 and 1991, this set reissues 13 volumes that originally appeared as part of the History Workshop Series. This series of books, which grew out of the journal of the same name, advocated ‘history from below’ and examined numerous, often social, issues from the perspectives of ordinary people. In the words of founder Raphael Samuel, the aim was to turn historical research and writing into ‘a collaborative enterprise’, via public gatherings outside of a traditional academic setting, that could be used to support activism and social justice as well as informing politics.
Some of the topics examined in the set include: mineral workers, rural radicalism, and the lives and occupations of villagers in the nineteenth century; working class association; the development of left-wing workers theatre and the changing attitudes to mass culture across the twentieth century; the changing fortunes of the East End at the turn of the century; the position of women from the nineteenth century to the present; the miners’ strike of 1984-5; the social and political images of late-twentieth century London; and a three volume analysis of the myriad facets of English patriotism. This set will be of interest to students of history, sociology, gender and politics.