2003 Book prize short list

Patriots: National Identity in Britain 1940-2000

Richard Weight

Published by: Pan Macmillan

A brilliant cultural, political and social history of British national identity from our ‘finest hour’ in the dark days of 1940 to the Millennium celebrations of Blair’s Britain. Who are the British today? For nearly three hundred years British national identity was a unifying force in times of glory and despair. It has now virtually disappeared. In Patriots, Richard Weight explores the decline of Britishness and the rise of powerful new identities in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Based on a wealth of original research, it is scholarly in depth and scope, yet never departs from a thoroughly readable and entertaining style.