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Britishness since , by Paul Ward London: Routledge, pp. One underlying question runs through much contemporary political discussion in the United Kingdom. What does it mean to be British? Thoroughly familiar with the contribution which historians have made to this topic, Paul Ward offers a critique of assumptions which have been commonplace in certain quarters and sets out his own position with clarity, firmness and good humour.

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Britishness since , by Paul Ward London: Routledge, pp. One underlying question runs through much contemporary political discussion in the United Kingdom. What does it mean to be British? Thoroughly familiar with the contribution which historians have made to this topic, Paul Ward offers a critique of assumptions which have been commonplace in certain quarters and sets out his own position with clarity, firmness and good humour.

It is perhaps this fact that has led to strikingly different conclusions about its current health, or lack of it. Such authors as feel the urge turn to writing elegies or, alternatively, liberation anthems.

Ward is more circumspect. He refuses to find in the evident examples of difference and diversity in these islands a sign of incipient state dissolution. They should certainly not be ignored, but there has been a failure, in focusing on them, to give attention to the factors that have bound these diverse communities together. What is happening now is but one further stage in the evolution of a collective identity, an identity which has never had a perfect form or exclusive ownership.

Indeed, Ward tells us that in other research he had undertaken, on the labour movement and national identity in Britain, he had been forced to conclude, much to his then irritation, that people seemed to adopt multiple identities of class, socialism and nation without undue difficulty.

His conclusions, for example, that monarchy provided a way of recognising diversity and unity, that women have not been any less enthusiastic about asserting their Britishness than men, that the association of Britishness with a rural idyll has been exaggerated, all fit his general thesis but are cogently argued, in some cases, on the basis of primary research.

The chapters on the situation since the s, which end the book, are perhaps a little too comforting. They do fit into the general conclusion that the majority of people in the United Kingdom continue to be more conscious of what they share as Britons than of those matters on which they might differ. How far this sense of sharing will continue in the future, however, may depend, for more than Ward allows, as much on what happens in the outside world as in the British Isles themselves.

We may think, for example, of all the issues which are posed by the position of the United Kingdom in the European Union. Whatever views are taken on these particular matters, however, Ward has written a stimulating volume.

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What does it mean to be British? It is now recognized that being British is not innate, static or permanent, but that national identities within Britain are constantly constructed and reconstructed. Britishness since examines this definition and redefinition of the British national identity since the s. Paul Ward argues that British national identity is a resilient force, and looks at how Britishness has adapted to changing circumstances. Taking a thematic approach, Britishness since examines the forces that have contributed to a sense of Britishness, and considers how Britishness has been mediated by other identities such as class, gender, region, ethnicity and the sense of belonging to England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Britishness Since Ceremony celebration and the making of the nation as family.

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