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EnglishnessTwentieth-Century Popular Culture and the Forming of English Identity$
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Simon Featherstone

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623655

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623655.001.0001

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(p.47) Chapter 3 Festivals

Simon Featherstone

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses two state-sponsored interventions in national identity, namely the Millennium Experience and the Festival of Britain. These events show the challenges in managing a public list of English or British representations. The first is in a context of postwar reconstruction, the second is one of cultural globalisation and British devolution, and the third is the Miners' Strike of 1984–5.

Keywords:   state-sponsored interventions, Millennium Experience, Festival of Britain, British representations, postwar reconstruction, cultural globalisation, British devolution, Miners' Strike

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