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.
Table of Contents
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