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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:36 pm    Post subject: Imagined Nation Reply with quote

I'm currently reading a book called Imagined Nation: England after Britain which is a collection of essays from a left perspective on English identity.


Unfortunately, while a whole chapter is devoted to "the north", Cornwall only gets a look in twice -

How easy is it for a first generation Afro-Caribbean resident of Padstow, Cornwall, say, feel included in maypole dancing as an expression of 'old' English heritage?

Rolling Eyes Farewell to the Morrismen by Anne Coddington.

A second, slightly better reference comes in the section about "the north" -
...England became a unified, relatively homogenous country, centuries ago, its regional differences steadily reduced to quirks [...] This is very different to Spain, for example, where in certain principalities, most notably Catalonia [why not the Basque Country too? -SR], people have felt historically separate [...] Only in Cornwall is there any genuine effort to establish a separate identity and that is confined to a minority view [my emphasis], as compared, say, to the strength of popular Catalan antipathy to the rest of Spain.

the Beautiful North by David Conn.

I notice that the issue of this book and Cornwall has already been discussed elsewhere.
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