By A. Grant

In Uniting the dominion? a bunch of the main amazing historians from Britain and eire gather to contemplate the query of British identification spanning the interval from the center a long time to the current. conventional chronological and neighborhood frontiers are damaged down as medievalists, early modernists and modernists debate the foremost problems with the British country: the conflicting historiographies, the character of political tensions and the topics of enlargement and contraction. This notable number of essays kinds an illuminating creation to the main updated wondering the issues of British histories and identities.

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British history’, it should be clear, means different things in different centuries. But this is not just in terms of when and where it can be deemed to have taken place, nor in terms of how much of it there can be—or should be. It is also that this new, fashionable, generic heading conceals—or encompasses—a variety of very different problems and issues, approaches and methodologies. Rees Davies has shown how the kings and aristocracy of England sought to extend their dominion, by military conquest, over Wales, Scotland and Ireland during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Economic historians preferred to deal with smaller areas (especially Lancashire) or larger (usually Europe). Local historians and urban historians concentrated on particular regions and individual cities. Social historians were more interested in classes than in nations. And historians of ideas, of culture, of capitalism, of technology, of population, of race, of sex, of gender and of religion were rarely concerned with specific national boundaries at all. ), National Identities: The Constitution of the United Kingdom (Oxford, 1991).

And academically, it is no longer convincing to write the history of England without some awareness of the separate but interlocking histories of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and without giving thought to the different identities (and histories) implied by the words England, Great Britain, the United Kingdom, the British Isles, and the British Empire. Accordingly, the 1970s and 1980s witnessed the gradual abandonment of the Whiggish history of England, and the first tentative moves towards a new and more sophisticated form of genuinely British history.

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