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Inventing and Resisting Britain Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland, 1685-1789 by Professor Murray Pittock

Inventing and Resisting Britain Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland, 1685-1789

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Inventing and Resisting Britain Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland, 1685-1789 by Professor Murray Pittock

This book examines the difficulties and challenges which faced attempts to create a British identity. Taking its perspective from the cultural, social and political margins of the British Isles, it demonstrates how fragile the supposed political consensus of the eighteenth century was. To read it is to revaluate our understanding of the culture of England in relation to other societies of these islands.


'[A] substantial contribution...provides compelling evidence to show that more than two-thirds of the population of Britain did not belong to the established church.' - KW Schweitzer, Albion '[A]s straightforward as it is radical...moves the debate surrounding the so-called British Problem...a stage further.' - Willy Maley, Irish Studies Review 'What makes it distinctive is the fantastic mental energy thrown into its immensely ambitious remit, which is no less than to study the emergence of British identity in the eighteenth century from the point of view of all the national groups involved - not just the English and Scottish but the Irish and Welsh ones as well.' - Bruce P.Lenman, Scottish Historical Review'

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Publication date

21st May 1997


Professor Murray Pittock

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Palgrave Macmillan


200 pages


Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
General & world history
Cultural studies



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