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Thibaut Raboin

, creating controversy among some LGBT groups since the symbol is typically identified with rightwing nationalism. Stockholm’s 2012 Pride included a mock scene of hanging with an executioner and a gay victim with the word ‘Iran’ written on him. Each of these events has sparked controversy and disagreement over the relationship between queerness and nationhood, in particular the association of queer-positiveness to Western states and the ascription of queer-negativity to so-called ‘Muslim countries’. These are just examples of a rising number of discourses taking place on

in Discourses on LGBT asylum in the UK
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Richard Hillman

by the continuing imbrication of England’s most pressing national and religious concerns with French ones. 2 It is also, paradoxically, an engagement that testifies, from the broad historical perspective, to a process of disengagement. English and French nationhood, for the first time since the Norman Conquest, are each now struggling towards self-definition, independently of the other (that is, the

in French origins of English tragedy
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Helena Grice

apposite note on which to end the narrative. 14 Genre, nationhood and belonging In Kingston’s rendition of the gamut of Chinese American men’s experiences on Gold Mountain, literature, history, biography, cartography and law all figure as discourses producing ideas of nationhood. As I have explored, and Kingston has asserted, the text itself is at times literature, at others biography, memoir or history, or a mixture of several modes. Kingston’s traversal of discursive boundaries is a strategy that effectively reveals

in Maxine Hong Kingston
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examines coinage struck in the 1850s, featuring iconography of Lady Liberty, represented first in Greco-Roman form. A year later, the colonial coins were restruck to feature Lady Liberty framed as an ‘Indian princess’, culturally appropriating a feather headdress. Cordes traces how early coinage across settler America circulated colonial fantasies of bravery and superiority, ideas of American nationhood, myths of the American dream and economic success through enslavement. Yet the iconography on these coins masked brutal genocides, stolen lands, broken treaties and debts

in The entangled legacies of empire
Helen Thompson

peace were to establish a modern state and construct an idea of nationhood. In some instances, the political circumstances were unpromising even leaving aside the chaotic economic conditions. In Poland in 1919, for example, there were five regions with M1218 - THOMPSON TXT.qxp:GRAHAM Q7.3 10/3/08 13:10 Page 45 The crises of the inter-war years 45 separate administrations, four languages of command in the army, six currencies, three legal codes and two incompatible railway gauges. The state’s eastern borders were insecure, and between 1919 and 1921 the Polish

in Might, right, prosperity and consent
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This England: race, nation, patriotism
Patrick Collinson

historical imperialism, so-called British history being not much more than an enriched English history.3 What in all this of English nationhood? Out of the seventeenth century emerged and expanded something called Britain, its inhabitants sometimes called Britons, who proceeded to construct a British Empire (no one ever called it an English Empire), a joint enterprise which engaged Welsh, English and Scots as partners, and the Irish as, mainly, victims. England was in the driving seat of this new enterprise, and the English have always assumed, and still do, that for

in This England
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A New Naval History brings together the most significant and interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary naval history. The last few decades have witnessed a transformation in how this topic is researched and understood, and this volume captures the state of a field that continues to develop apace. It examines – through the prism of naval affairs – issues of nationhood and imperialism; the legacy of Nelson; the sociocultural realities of life in ships and naval bases; and the processes of commemoration, journalism and stage-managed pageantry that plotted the interrelationship of ship and shore. This bold and original publication will be essential for undergraduate and postgraduate students of naval and maritime history. Beyond that, though, it marks an important intervention into wider historiographies that will be read by scholars from across the spectrum of social history, cultural studies and the analysis of national identity.

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Arthur Aughey

of the conservative and probably reactionary nature of popular ‘commonsense’ and this overlooked the ability of people to be as critically reflective as the intellectual on their own nationhood (Condor 1997: 251). Until very recently the contest for left intellectuals appeared to be between universals such as conservatism and socialism and from this perspective, Englishness was just ‘a peculiar conservative nationalism whose construction has led to an exclusive rather than inclusive identity’ (Taylor 1993: 139). For now, at least, this attitude has waned, though it

in The politics of Englishness
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Hyangjin Lee

This book examines the ways in which Korean film reveals the ideological orientation of the society in which it is created and circulated. To understand the workings of ideology in contemporary Korea as a divided nation, this study takes a comparative approach to the films from both sides, considering gender, nationhood and class. A comparative analysis of the representation of ideology in the

in Contemporary Korean cinema
The English union in the writings of Arthur Mee and G.K. Chesterton
Julia Stapleton

Introduction The nature and strength of the ties of English nationhood has been the subject of much scholarly discussion recently, particularly following Krishan Kumar’s The Making of English Identity (2003). Kumar identifies England’s key nationalist ‘moment’ as the four decades between 1880 and 1920. In his view, this was triggered by

in These Englands