By Wendy Webster
Did lack of imperial energy and the top of empire have any major influence on British tradition and id after 1945? inside of a burgeoning literature on nationwide id and what it skill to be British it is a query that has got unusually little recognition. Englishness and Empire makes an immense and unique contribution to contemporary debates concerning the household outcomes of the top of empire. Wendy Webster explores renowned narratives of kingdom within the mainstream media archive - newspapers, newsreels, radio, movie, and tv. The contours of the research often keep on with tales advised via prolific filmic and tv imagery: the second one international battle, the Coronation and Everest, colonial wars of the Fifties, and Winston Churchill's funeral. The publication analyses 3 major narratives that conflicted and collided within the interval - a Commonwealth that promised to keep up Britishness as a world identification; siege narratives of colonial wars and immigration that confirmed a 'little England' threatened via empire and its legacies; and a narrative of nationwide greatness, celebrating the martial masculinity of British officials and leaders, in which imperial id leaked into narratives of the second one international struggle constructed after 1945. The booklet additionally explores the importance of the United States to post-imperial Britain. Englishness and Empire considers how a ways, and in what contexts and unforeseen locations, imperial id and lack of imperial energy resonated in well known narratives of nataion. because the first monograph to enquire the importance of empire and its legacies in shaping nationwide identification after 1945, this can be an enormous learn for all students attracted to questions of nationwide identification and their intersections with gender, race, empire, immigration, and decolonization.
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