First published in 1989, this is the second 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 examines how national identity has competed with alternative, more personal forms of belonging — such as Roman Catholicism, Judaism and Nonconformism — as well looking at femininity in relation to the state. Contemporary British society’s capacity to create outsiders is discussed and the introductory essay shows how this may shape our misunderstanding of earlier phases of national development.
Table of Contents
Notes on contributors; Introduction: The ‘Little Platoons’ Raphael Samuel; Childhood; 1 The view from Folkestone John Field 2 I-Spy Frank Cottrell Boyce 3 Growing up Catholic Mary Chamberlain; Class; 4 Martyrs of class Miranda Chaytor 5 C stream on Tyneside Dave Douglass 6 Pride and prejudice: ladies and nurses in the Crimean War Anne Summers; Religion; 7 Dare to be a Daniel Alun Howkins 8 An Irish religion Raphael Samuel; Women; 9 The first feminism Bridget Hill 10 Women and history Olwen Hufton 11 Tommy’s Sister: Women at Woolwich in World War I Deborah Thom 12 Women in the armed services, 1940-5 Di Parkin; Nations within nations; 13 Scott and the image Scotland Christopher Harvie 14 The anglicisation of South Wales Tim Williams; Minorities; 15 Jews in London, 1880-1914 David Feldman 16 The making of black identities Winston James 17 The idea of sexual minorities Jeffrey Weeks London and Karachi Hanif Kureishi; Name index; Subject index