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Identity of England

Robert Colls


The English are now in need of a new sense of home and belonging, and a re-assessment of who they are. This is a history of who they were, with present needs in mind. It begins by considering how the English state created an English nation which from the very early days refused to see itself simply as the state's creature. There was more to being English than paying taxes and obeying a king. It considers also how that nation survived shattering revolutions in industry, urban living, and global conflict while at the same time retaining a softer, more humane vision of themselves and their land. ... More

Keywords: English state, English nation, taxes, king, industry, urban living, global conflict, work, wages, empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245192
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245192.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Colls, author
Professor of English History in the School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester