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The Politics of Englishness$
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Arthur Aughey

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719068720

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719068720.001.0001

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An absorptive patria

An absorptive patria

(p.19) 2 An absorptive patria
The Politics of Englishness

Arthur Aughey

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers a legend of integration, a narrative that may be said to constitute the English answer to problems of stable governance. It comments on Krishnan Kumar's The Making of English National Identity, in which he claimed that there are virtually no expressions of English nationalism and no native tradition of reflection on English national identity. The chapter suggests that the link between the history of a people and its political institutions was a key feature of English reflection on the modern state, and that the lack of an overtly defined nationalism did not and does not mean the absence of a profound sense of nationality or even a certain idea of England. It also discusses the English claim of exceptionalism.

Keywords:   integration, stable governance, English nationalism, Krishnan Kumar, English National Identity, exceptionalism

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