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Britons: Forging the Nation by Linda Colley

Sep 23, Miriam rated it liked it Shelves: History books about the United Kingdom. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. No one would argue that the history of Briton is under represented, colleu sections in most coley bookstores have a shelf or two devoted to the long and influential story of England, Scotland and Colley’s thesis is that the forging of “British” national identity out of the distinct identities of th Now 23 years old, Britons is one of those history texts that seems permanently relevant, dealing as it does with the questions of national identity and belonging that seem ever more insistent and impose themselves with ever more clamour on our national life.

With regard to the monarchy, it also, counter-intuitively, enjoyed an upturn in popularity in the wake of the loss of the American colonies. A more incorporating history of ALL Britons would be a more thorough and conclusive historiography.

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Thus, Colley asserts the main opponent to revolutionary France was willing to pursue revolutionary methods to stem the tide. Yet, together with the threat from Revolutionary France, these events took their toll on the ruling elite.

We need to stop confusing patriotism with simple conservatism, or smothering it with damning and dismissive references to chauvinism and jingoism.

Colley is determined to stress the effect this extended threat from overseas had on the British population – a point previously, largely, ignored. Mar 20, Tripp rated it really liked it. Thus, three issues came to the fore in the period up to the accession of Queen Victoria in People don’t change that much if at all and the fears and anxieties caused by Union in the eighteenth century were the same as in the twentieth and twenty-first, there is uncontrollable migration across the border, the incomers are taking all our jobs and they are sexually voracious, a risk to all our women.


Despite the fact the rebellion had been a close-call and led to a sort of national moratorium on the malaise affecting the national spirit, the Jacobites were defeated by the vested interests of British society long before the field at Culloden.

I’ve toured the middle: The connection to Brexit in my mind is that in two-thirds of the UK population voted in favour of joining the ECC while injust over half voted to leave the EU.

Pitt the Younger would die at the tender age of 47 due to the ravages of an incessant workload and compensatory binge drinking, while prominent suicides included that of Foreign Secretary, Lord Castlereagh in due to the demands of public life. An excellent book that brings to life a topic that is so easily overlooked.

References to this linea Colonial Desire: The main themes are economic nationalism mercantilismImperialism and a shared Protestant existential fear of the Catholic powers of France and Spain.

Therefore, this was far from English political ambitions being foisted on their northern neighbours, and, indeed, there was great discontent south of the border at such a flexible agreement and at any impact on the availability of positions, never mind continued fears of Jacobite uprisings.

This is a great look at how Great Britain came to form an idea of itself as a nation. The loss of the colonies and the seemingly continuous conflicts with Revolutionary France meant that whereas previous occasional directed criticism at the actions collry one party or leader from the likes of Lknda transformed into open questioning of the power structure of the landed elite, and became, from the britoms onwards, a characteristic of mainstream political discourse.

Solid academic history of how the notion of a British nation emerged. One to take advantage of this was John Wilkes whose attacks on government were couched with patriotic slogans – leading Samuel Johnson to declare that ‘patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel’.

Moreover, this prolonged struggle gave birth to the Bank of England and the fiscal system together with the emergence of the military machinery. Colley also leaves out Ireland completely, and does not discuss British Catholics whom primary source documents indicate to have considered themselves British and patriots even though Protestants may not have seen them thus. Her book stands as a successful corrective to this trend, and was largely received as such by reviews at the time of its original release.


This is highlighted by the fact that commercial and manufacturing centres rallied to the existing order during the Jacobite rebellion and played a significant role in its defeat as the Jacobites’ own perceptions of a lack of popular support led them to withdraw after reaching Derby rather than push on to London. Naturally in the Eighteenth century there was no thought of asking the population as a whole to approve or disapprove the union it was considered sufficient for the Scottish Parliament to vote to dissolve itselfColley’s point was that the creation of identity is not accidental and that it cannot be relied upon to come about by itself without assistance and effort.

Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837

May 14, T. Despite the fears arising from mobilising men of all ranks, the elite were prepared to run the risk of engendering future calls for political change for the immediate benefit of preserving the realm.

Wolfson History Prize Firstly, they undertook to undermine the socio-cultural distinctiveness of the Highlands by banning the wearing of tartan on pain of imprisonment, and replacing lindx rule of chieftains for royal jurisdiction.

Which, for a while, they sort of did. In this prize-winning book, Linda Colley combines imperial, political, social, and cultural history to analyze the evolution of Britishness, evoking its enduring tensions as well as its powerful characteristics. Colley’s argument is that oour concepts of Britishness were forged in the years after the Act of Union with Scotland and Victoria coming to the throne.

Subsequent continued mistrust of those north of the border and resentment at Scottish advancement led to a rise in patriotic fervor. Thompson, Dissent “Absolutely magnificent.

What’s more, ruling a britoms Empire took a lot of manpower, and the English had to bring in folks of other nationalities to do it.

Lindw does acknowledge the importance which material conditions played in reinforcing this, but ultimately the argument is based in ideas rather than economics. One critic called it “dashingly written and firmly unsentimental”.

Instead, Britishness was superimposed over an array of internal differences in response to contact with the Other, and above all in response to conflict with the Other.

Thought provoking thematic and chronological.