Acts of Union and Disunion

Acts of Union and Disunion

Linda Colley

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 1781251851

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The United Kingdom; Great Britain; the British Isles; the Home Nations: such a wealth of different names implies uncertainty and contention - and an ability to invent and adjust. In a year that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, Linda Colley analyses some of the forces that have unified Britain in the past. She examines the mythology of Britishness, and how far - and why - it has faded. She discusses the Acts of Union with Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and their limitations, while scrutinizing England's own fractures. And she demonstrates how the UK has been shaped by movement: of British people to other countries and continents, and of people, ideas and influences arriving from elsewhere. As acts of union and disunion again become increasingly relevant to our daily lives and politics, Colley considers how - if at all - the pieces might be put together anew, and what this might mean. Based on a 15-part BBC Radio 4 series.

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Bute. Anxieties about Englishness have surfaced at other periods of time. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, growing rivalry with Germany and the United States, and demands for home rule in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, again provoked panic about the security of Englishness. A book from this period, pointedly entitled The Oppressed English, took note of the number of ‘Celtic’ careerists in high civilian and military offices, and the tendency nonetheless to put the blame for.

Division, Princeton University Library p.84Colorful England and Scotland, lithograph by Frank H. Mason, between 1923 and 1947. � National Railway Museum/Science and Society Picture Library. Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Henry S. Hacker, Yale B.A. 1965 p.91A flight of Scotchmen, etching by Richard Newton, 1796. � Courtesy of The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University p.94Title page of An Act for the Union of Great Britain and Ireland (Dublin: printed by George Grierson, 1800). � The.

In 2011, which is available at The online version of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is not free for general use but is available in many libraries and invaluable. The websites of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the National Portrait Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland, and the National Museum Cardiff contain images of many of the men and women mentioned in this book. In the categories below, works are.

Island societies elsewhere: David W. Moore, The other British Isles (London: McFarland, 2005); Linda Colley, ‘This small island: Britain, size and empire’, Proceedings of the British Academy 121 (2002). For islandhood and literature, see: James Knox Whittet (ed.) Writers on islands: an anthology and One hundred island poems of Great Britain and Ireland (Cullercoats: Iron Press, 2005 and 2008); Michael Seidel, Robinson Crusoe: island myths and the novel (Boston: Twayne, 1991); T. P.

2012); Howard Temperley, Britain and America since independence (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002); Martin Gilbert, Churchill and America (New York: Free Press, 2005); David Dimbleby and David Reynolds, An ocean apart: the relationship between Britain and America in the twentieth century (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1988). For two sharply different recent assessments of the Transatlantic alliance, see Alex Danchev, On specialness: essays in Anglo-American relations (New York: St. Martin’s.

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