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Britons; Forging the Nation 1707-1837; Revised Edition



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Yale University Press


How was Great Britain made? And what has it meant at different times to be British?

Author Biography

Born in Britain, Linda Colley has taught and written on history and current events on both sides of the Atlantic. Previously at Cambridge, Yale and the London School of Economics, she is now Shelby M. C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Britons Re-visitedp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Protestantsp. 11
A less than united kingdomp. 11
The struggles of God's electp. 19
Jerusalem the goldenp. 30
A polity by force of faithp. 44
Profitsp. 55
Land, trade, war and empirep. 56
Jacobitism and the economics of loyaltyp. 72
Investing in the nationp. 86
The price of it allp. 99
Peripheriesp. 102
New landmarksp. 103
John Wilkes and Englishnessp. 105
A Scottish empire?p. 118
America and the revolution in British sensibilitiesp. 134
Dominancep. 149
Crisis of an orderp. 152
The making of the British ruling classp. 158
The cultural reconstruction of an elitep. 167
Heroes of their own epicp. 180
Majestyp. 199
A royal culture confinedp. 200
Why George III was differentp. 209
The mechanics of royal celebrationp. 221
Meanings and magicp. 233
Womanpowerp. 242
Beating against the bonds of womanhoodp. 244
War and the sexesp. 256
Making separate spheres work for womenp. 268
A woman's place is in the nationp. 278
Manpowerp. 289
A nation in armsp. 292
Who was willing to fight?p. 297
The private reasons whyp. 306
The politics of popular commitmentp. 315
Victories?p. 327
Catholic emancipation and divisionp. 330
Parliamentary reform and compromisep. 341
Slavery, freedom and consensusp. 357
A nation redefined and undefinedp. 368
Conclusionsp. 372
Appendicesp. 385
The Geography of Loyalty in 1745p. 386
Men at Arms throughout Great Britain, May 1804p. 388
Volunteers and their Chosen Sphere of Action in 1798p. 391
Notesp. 394
Photograph Acknowledgementsp. 426
Indexp. 427
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