Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9781910376980 Published September 2018 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
E-book $17.95 ISBN: 9781912208142 Published September 2018

These Islands

A Letter to Britain

Ali M. Ansari

These Islands

Ali M. Ansari

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120 pages | 4 1/4 x 7 | © 2018
Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9781910376980 Published September 2018 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
E-book $17.95 ISBN: 9781912208142 Published September 2018
Following Brexit and the earlier referendum on Scottish independence, the debate about British identity has been given recent new prominence. Historically conceived to integrate conflicting nationalisms in an “ever more perfect union,” Britain has lately succumbed to particular resurgent nationalisms in a curious reversal of fortune.

With These Islands, Ali M. Ansari considers the idea of Britain as a political entity. This idea of Britain considers some nationalists as suppressed minorities in need of attention, and others as bigoted throwbacks to a more divisive age. Arguing the case for Great Britain from the perspective of the political mythology of the British state—with an emphasis on culture, ideas and narrative constructions—Ansari makes the claim that Britain’s strength lies in its ability to shape the popular imagination, both at home and abroad. He concludes that an “excess of enthusiasm” may yet do untold damage to the fabric of a state and society that has been carefully constructed over the centuries and may not be easily repaired.
 
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