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How wars forge identity

September 11, 2011

“according to Linda Colley’s study of British nationalism, foreign wars helped to forge “a sense of British national identity” (1).”  It is an idea that Benedict Anderson works with in his Imagined Communities, too – and one worth bearing in mind when sharing literature of war or violent conflict

Ref: p6 (my emphasis) Megan A. Norcia (2009) ‘Puzzling Empire: Early Puzzles and Dissected Maps as Imperial Heuristics’ Children’s Literature 37; 1-32 [NB. Norcia is referring to: Colley, Linda. Britons: Forging the Nation 1707–1837. New Haven: Yale UP, 1992.]


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