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Englishness Identified: Manners and Character 1650–1850

Paul Langford


In the 17th century the English were often depicted as a nation of barbarians, fanatics, and king-killers. Two hundred years later they were more likely to be seen as the triumphant possessors of a unique political stability, vigorous industrial revolution, and a world-wide empire. These may have been British achievements, but the virtues which brought about this transformation tended to be perceived as specifically English. Ideas of what constituted Englishness changed from a stock notion of waywardness and unpredictability to one of discipline and dedication. The evolution of the so-called n ... More

Keywords: 17th century, barbarians, fanatics, king-killers, political stability, industrial revolution, empire, Englishness, discipline, national character

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246403
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Langford, author
Lincoln College, Oxford
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