Writing Englishness, 1900-1950: An Introductory Sourcebook on National Identity

Synopsis

What did it mean in the first half of this century to say `I am English'? Writing Englishness: An Introductory Sourcebook is a unique collection of extracts from writings of the era, all of which in some way raise this question. Drawn from a wide range of sources including letters, diaries, journalism, fiction, poems, parliamentary speeches and government reports, the volume is divided into five sections: * The Ideas and Ideals of Englishness * Versions of Rural England * War and National Identity * Culture and Englishness * Domestic and Urban Englands The editors provide an introduction to each section and conclude with suggested study activities and further reading. It also contains a chronology and bibliography, completing the framework for study.