This introductory chapter briefly discusses the concept of citizenship in Britain. The topic of citizenship has never before commanded so much interest, controversy and concern in Britain. The issues of immigration, cultural differences, the balance of citizens' rights and security, the citizen's duty of loyalty, devolution, citizenship of the European Union and the role of schools in providing the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes are being constantly debated. The purpose of this book is not to focus on the present but to provide a broad historical picture — for its own sake and to offer some perspective on the present.
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