Rule Britannia? Britain and Britishness, 1707-1901

Christie Margrave (Editor), Peter Lindfield (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book


The concept of Britishness and its constituent facets has, over the past decade, come increasingly to the fore. In particular, this can be seen in the politically and socially engaging debates surrounding the Scottish Referendum in 2014. It is an idea manifested both physically and cognitively that every Briton is aware of and engages with to a greater or lesser extent. Thus, the concept of Britishness is extremely current and crosses cultural, political and socio-economic boundaries. Nevertheless, Britishness is a challenging term to define and explore, given its tremendously wide-ranging nature and dynamic, personally shaped characteristics. Considering historical ideas of Britishness, however, can enhance the understanding of national identity in the modern world. This volume does just that by gathering together original academic essays that explore the expression and understanding of Britishness in literature, philosophy, music, historical documents, art and design. Each contribution offers a detailed investigation of primary material, including architecture, furniture, historical literature, plays and sermons, and marketing. As a collection, ideas are marshalled to reveal a rich tapestry of Britishness and its forging.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNewcastle
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages185
ISBN (Print)978-1443875301, 1443875309
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2015


  • Britain
  • Britishness
  • Identity
  • eighteenth-century
  • nineteenth-century
  • literature
  • history
  • history of art


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