This introductory chapter begins by addressing the question of whether the loss of imperial power and the end of empire hade any significant impact on British culture and identity after 1945. It then presents the themes explored in the book, which is concerned with the diverse and complex ways in which loss of imperial power was registered. It identifies a range of stories told about Britain and England after 1945 that registered such loss. It also considers reworkings of diverse stories about empire through which the imperial dimensions of British identity leaked into other narratives of nation.
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