Brave New World: Imperial and Democratic Nation-Building in Britain between the Wars
- Laura Beers, Geraint Thomas
- Institute of Historical Research
- Subject Areas
- History, IHR conference series
After WWI, Britain faced a number of challenges as it sought to adapt to domestic conditions of mass democracy whilst maintaining its position in the empire in the face of national independence movements. As politicians at home and abroad sought to legitimise their position, new efforts were made to conceptualise nationality and citizenship, with attempts to engage the public using mass media and greater emphasis on governing in the public interest.
Brave New World reappraises the domestic and imperial history of Britain in the interwar period, investigating how ‘nation building’ was given renewed impetus by the upheavals of WWI. The essays in this collection address how new technologies and approaches to governance were used to forge new national identities both at home and in the empire, covering a wide range of issues from the representation of empire on film to the convergence of politics and ‘star culture’.
The book is an invaluable resource for scholars of British social, political and imperial history, as well as being of interest to the general reader.