This England: race, nation, patriotism

Patrick Collinson

in This England

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084423
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702031 | DOI:
This England: race, nation, patriotism

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Shakespeare being Shakespeare, the ringing stanzas found in ‘This England’ still have the capacity to move, and they resonated with episodes in the history of the centuries to come, to the extent that whatever they may have meant, in the 1590s, becomes irrelevant. But patriotism has now all but vanished from English culture, except in the painted faces of those following the so-called beautiful game, and at the more unacceptable fringes of our politics. It appears that if English nationhood continues to retain any scholarly mileage, it is not with the new British historians but with those who read English literature. This chapter examines religion, nationalism, patriotism, language and history in this context.

Keywords: Britain; language; patriotism; English nationhood; Shakespeare

Chapter.  17957 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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