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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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 The Cornish Rebellion of 1497 was a popular uprising by the people of Cornwall in the far south west of Britain. Its primary cause was the raising of war taxes by King Henry VII on the impoverished Cornish for a campaign against Scotland, motivated by brief border skirmishes that were inspired by Perkin Warbeck's pretence to the English throne. Tin miners were angered as the scale of the taxes violated previous rights granted by Edward I of England to the Cornish Stannary Parliament which exempted Cornwall from all taxes of 10ths or 15ths of income. The Cornish had little sympathy for English wars against Scotland, considering that most Cornish were not English speakers at that time.  

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