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Fides est servanda: keeping the faith

Rachelle Hope Saltzman

in A Lark for the Sake of Their Country

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780719079771
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781704080 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079771.003.0004
Fides est servanda: keeping the faith

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‘Fides est servanda: keeping the faith’ explores how the Government, Church, courts, and media invoked a variety of key symbols of British history, including the Magna Carta and the Interregnum, to persuade people to believe one way or the other. Conflicting criteria for defining what constituted British identity emerged, calling into question implicit definitions for citizenship, duty, and patriotism. The Establishment did not hesitate to pull out all the stops to categorize the event as war, revolution, and even sin to motivate citizens in its condemnation of the strike's leaders as “other,” i.e. not British. At the same time, those who took the coal miners’ part did their best to remind their followers that the strikers were indeed fellow citizens and just as British as anyone else. Despite this very public battle for their sympathies, most Britons followed a more middle path in their views about the strike.

Keywords: British identity; Establishment; Key symbols; Citizenship; Coal miners; War; Revolution

Chapter.  8947 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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