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Endism

Arthur Aughey

in The British question

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780719083402
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719083402.003.0002
Endism

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This chapter examines a very different understanding, one which assumes the exhaustion of traditional ideological supports for the United Kingdom. Rather than continuity, adaptation and an inclusive democracy, this interpretation assumes discontinuity, institutional fragility and political decline. It identifies not the strength of the Union but predicts its inevitable demise. The chapter examines the theme of ‘the end of Britain’, or ‘endism’, in nationalist literature. It considers how this understanding expresses the lingering rhetoric of internal colonialism, the language of national thwartedness and the belief that history is now on the side of small nations. Like older arguments about British decline, endism does capture real changes in British history. Though it has been discursively inventive, it remains historically debatable and politically unproven.

Keywords: Decline; endism; thwartedness; internal colonialism; independence

Chapter.  9073 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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