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Englishness: The Political Force Transforming Britain

Ailsa Henderson and Richard Wyn Jones


For a topic that until recently was presumed not to exist, English nationalism has transformed into an apparently obvious explanation for the Brexit result in England. Subsequent opinion polls have also raised doubts about the extent of continuing English commitment to the union of the United Kingdom itself. Yet, even as Englishness is apparently reshaping Britain’s place in the world and—perhaps—the state itself, it remains poorly understood, in part because of its unfamiliarity. It has long been assumed that nationalism is a feature of political life in the state’s periphery—Scotland, Wales, ... More

Keywords: Englishness, nationalism, British politics, Brexit, national identity, Britishness, 2015 UK general election, survey research, Europe, imperial legacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198870784
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198870784.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ailsa Henderson, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Edinburgh

Richard Wyn Jones, author
Professor and Director, Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University