British Identities Before Nationalism: Ethnicity and Nationhood in the Atlantic World, 1600 1800

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März 1999



This book examines the status and uses of ethnicity in political debate during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the era that immediately preceded the onset of modern racialist and nationalist thinking. Ranging widely across the political cultures of England, Scotland, Ireland and revolutionary America, it also considers European influences and comparisons as well as engaging historically with current debates over nationalism and identity.


Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; Part I. Theological Contexts: 2. Prologue: the mosaic foundations of early modern British identity; 3. Ethnic theology and British identities; Part II. The Three Kingdoms: 4. Whose ancient constitution? Ethnicity and the English past, 1600-c. 1790; 5. Britons, Saxons and the Anglican quest for legitimacy; 6. The Gaelic dilemma in early modern Scottish political culture; 7. The weave of Irish identities, 1600-c. 1790; Part III. Points of Contact: 8. Constructing the pre-romantic Celt; 9. Mapping a Gothic Europe; 10. The varieties of Gothicism in the British Atlantic world, 1689-c. 1790; 11. Conclusion; Index.


'... written with elegance ... enormously informative and compelling reading.' The Times Literary Supplement 'They will find some fascinating lessons in Colin's Kidd's book on British identities in the 17th and 18th centuries.' The Weekend Review 'Kidd's effortlessly brilliant research and readable prose, in which are preserved the empirical and discursive elements of the historical enterprise at its best.' H-Net Book Review 'British Identities before Nationalism is an excellent synthesis of existing secondary material on historiography, national myths and the whole debate over the beginnings of nationalism.' Eighteenth-Century Ireland
EAN: 9780521624039
ISBN: 0521624037
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 1999
Seitenanzahl: 312 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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