English and British Nationalism: Suggested Readings


Editor’s Note: This page combines works on English and British identities into one list. Many point out that there is a clear distinction between the two. British identity links inhabitants of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, while English identity is limited to England. Others argue that British identity is, and has always been, synonymous with Englishness. Of course, the truth is that the two identities both overlap and diverge at many different points. The two lists have been combined here because, more often than not, England plays the central role in scholarly discussion of the growth of British identity. Readers should, however, be aware of the contested meanings of the terms involved.

Colley, Linda. Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.

Collini, Stefan. English Pasts: Essays in History and Culture. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Davey, Kevin. English Imaginaries: Six Studies in Anglo-British Modernity. London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1999.

Gikandi, Simon. Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism. New York: Columbia University Press, c1996.

Gilroy, Paul. There Ain’t No Black In The Union Jack. London: Hutchinson, 1987.

Greenfeld, Liah. Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992. See pages 1-88.

Hastings, Adrian. The Construction of Nationhood: Ethnicity, Religion and Nationalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Haseler, Stephen. The English Tribe: Identity, Nation, and Europe. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan Press ; New York, N.Y.: St. Martin's Press, 1996.

John A. Taylor. Diana, Self-Interest, and British National Identity. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2000.

Matlass, David. Landscape and Englishness. London: Reaktion Books, 1998.

Newman, Gerald. The Rise of English Nationalism: A Cultural History, 1740-1830. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

Russell, Conrad. The Causes of the English Civil War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Samuel, Raphael (ed). Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity. Volume 1: History and Politics. London: Routledge, 1989.

------. Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity. Volume 2: Minorities and Outsiders. London: Routledge, 1989.

------. Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity. Volume 3: National Fictions. London: Routledge, 1989.

Underdown, David. A Freeborn People: Politics and the Nation in Seventeenth-century England. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

- Eric Zuelow
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History

University of Wisconsin-Madison