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Trafalgar: Back on the Map of British Popular Culture? Assessing the 2005 Bicentenary

Mark Connelly

in History, Commemoration and National Preoccupation

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264065
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734496 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264065.003.0006

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

Trafalgar: Back on the Map of British Popular Culture? Assessing the 2005 Bicentenary

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This chapter explores the current state of knowledge about, and national identification with, Nelson, Trafalgar, and Britain's maritime past, based on observations of a wide range of academic and public bicentenary events, media, and interviews with several groups of (primarily young) people over the course of 2005. The chapter strikes a sceptical note on the long-term impact of 2005 on historical awareness: without direct state intervention in the National Curriculum, it appears difficult to see how the role of the Navy, Nelson, and the sea can be more fully instilled in British life.

Keywords: national identification; Battle of Trafalgar; sea; historical awareness; Navy; National Curriculum

Chapter.  7119 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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