|Module Title||NATIONAL IDENTITIES IN THE BRITISH ISLES 1801-1914|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Paul O'Leary|
|Mutually Exclusive||WH34230 , HC34230 , CF34220|
|Course delivery||Lecture||18 Hours|
|Seminars / Tutorials||10 Hours|
|Essay||2 essays 2,500 words each||40%|
This module will examine the creation and development of national identities in the British Isles following the Union of Britain and Ireland in 1801. It will draw upon the theoretical work on the construction of 'imagined communities' to inform the discussion of specific themes. Among these themes will be the creation of a British identity and the tensions caused by competing identities; the generation of new 'traditions'; war and popular imperialism; attitudes to out-groups and gender; and the mobilisation of national allegiances in leisure activities, especially sport. The recent debate on the nature of 'British history' will also be discussed.