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'Citizenship versus Patriotism in Twentieth-Century England'

Stapleton, Julia

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This article explores some of the tensions and interaction between two rival conceptions of the relationship between citizenship and patriotism in twentieth-century England. The first was widespread among the intellectual elite and greatly qualified the role of patriotism in sustaining a higher ideal of citizenship. The second was generally the preserve of popular writers and activists who conceived citizenship in terms of patriotic attachment to the English and English-British nation. However, the article maintains that the Edwardian intellectual elite often assumed an homogeneous national culture as the basis of successful citizenship, both local and international. In this regard, despite subjection to increasing strain, continuity as much as change is apparent in conceptions of citizenship up to and including the interventions of Enoch Powell in the debate over mass immigration. Subsequent attempts to ground citizenship in difference rather than sameness have greatly intensified the tension with a more persistent culture of patriotism.


Stapleton, J. (2005). 'Citizenship versus Patriotism in Twentieth-Century England'. Historical Journal, 48(1), 151-178.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2005
Deposit Date May 23, 2008
Publicly Available Date May 23, 2008
Journal Historical Journal
Print ISSN 0018-246X
Electronic ISSN 1469-5103
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Issue 1
Pages 151-178
Keywords Edwardian England, National identity, Culture, State.
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