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Fighting for Britain?

Negotiating Identities in Britain During the Second World War


Wendy Ugolini and Juliette Pattinson

This edited collection focuses on the negotiation of national, geographic and cultural identities during the Second World War among the constituent countries of the United Kingdom. Adopting a four nations approach, it contributes to our understanding of how pluralistic identities within the multinational state of Britain informed the functioning of Britishness during the conflict. In particular, it explores the ways in which Wales, Scotland and England related to the overarching concept of Britishness and analyses the relationships between Britain and the island of Ireland. This volume addresses wartime Britain as both a site of cultural contestation and of shared experience, exploring what «fighting for Britain» meant for those who served in the British armed forces as well as for those who did not fight in active combatant roles.
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STUART ALLAN is Principal Curator of Scottish Late Modern collections at National Museums Scotland. His research interests lie in the material culture of the Scottish military tradition and its relationship to national and gender identities. His publications include Commando Country (2007) and, with David Forsyth, Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War (2014).

GAVIN BOWD is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of St Andrews, and author of Fascist Scotland (2013). He works mainly on aspects of modern and contemporary France. He is currently preparing a study on Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo, Charles Maurras and colonial Madagascar.

MARTIN FRANCIS is currently the Henry R. Winkler Professor of Modern History at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force, 1939–1945 (Oxford University Press, 2008). In 2015 he will be returning to the UK to take up the position of Professor of War and History at the University of Sussex.

TREVOR GRIFFITHS is Reader in Economic and Social History and Head of History at the University of Edinburgh. His publications include The Lancashire Working Classes, c.1880–c.1930 (2001) and The Cinema and Cinema-going in Scotland, 1896–c. 1950 (2012). He is currently undertaking research addressing the coming of sound to cinema in Scotland.

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