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British Consciousness and Identity : The Making of Britain, 1533-1707 - Brendan Bradshaw

British Consciousness and Identity

The Making of Britain, 1533-1707

By: Brendan Bradshaw (Editor), Peter Roberts (Editor)

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Published: 28th May 1998
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The historical resonances of the concept of 'Britain' for the communities of the Atlantic Archipelago in the early modern period are explored here in terms of the ideological demands made upon it. Various and competing concepts of Britishness are examined, from the Henrician legislation which united Wales with England and which created the kingdom of Ireland, to the Act of Union of the realms of England and Scotland. The chequered history of the consciousness of Britain as a polity which embraced the united kingdoms is discussed in relation to the distinctive national identities of the constituent countries, and the question of the impact of 'Britain' on English policy-making under the Tudor, Stuart and the first Hanoverian monarchs is addressed. The puzzling resistance of the Irish to assimilation in contrast to the docility of the Welsh and - eventually - of the Scots is also explored.

Preface
Introduction
Tudor Wales, national identity and the British inheritance
The English Reformation and identity formation in Ireland and Wales
Faith, culture and sovereignty: Irish nationality and its development, 1558-1625
From English to British literature: John Lyly's Euphues and Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene
The British problem in three tracts on Ireland
James Ussher and the creation of an Irish Protestant identity
Seventeenth-century Wales: definition and identity
Scottish identity in the seventeenth century
The gaidhealtachd and the emergence of the Scottish Highlands
Anglo-Irish unionist discourse, c.1656-1707: from Harrington to
Protestantism, constitutionalism and British identity under the later
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ISBN: 9780521433839
ISBN-10: 0521433835
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 28th May 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.71