Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion

by Linda Colley

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Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion Synopsis

The United Kingdom; Great Britain; the British Isles; the Home Nations: such a wealth of different names implies uncertainty and contention - and an ability to invent and adjust. In a year that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, Linda Colley analyses some of the forces that have unified Britain in the past. She examines the mythology of Britishness, and how far - and why - it has faded. She discusses the Acts of Union with Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and their limitations, while scrutinizing England's own fractures. And she demonstrates how the UK has been shaped by movement: of British people to other countries and continents, and of people, ideas and influences arriving from elsewhere. As acts of union and disunion again become increasingly relevant to our daily lives and politics, Colley considers how - if at all - the pieces might be put together anew, and what this might mean.

Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion Press Reviews

'A completely original intelligence' - Ray Foster, Financial Times

 

'The most dazzling and comprehensive study of a national identity yet to appear. - (Scotsman)

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ISBN: 9781781251850
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781251850
Publication date: 2nd January 2014
Author: Linda Colley
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, The Real World,
Categories: Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Nationalism,

About Linda Colley

One of our most distinguished historians, Linda Colley is Shelby M.C.Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton and a Fellow of the British Academy. She has previously taught at Cambridge, Yale and LSE. Her earlier books include Wolfson Prize-winning Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837; Captives: Britain, Empire and the World, 1600-1850 and The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History.

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