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Preservation, nationalism and the state in Britain

Swenson, A (2017) 'Preservation, nationalism and the state in Britain.' Nations and Nationalism. ISSN 1354-5078 (Forthcoming)

Abstract

The paper discusses the relationship between the state, historic buildings preservation and nationalism in Britain from the nineteenth century to the present. It argues against the idea that, because of comparatively continuous nation and state formation, state preservation in Britain until the mid twentieth was exceptionally week. By suggesting a broader understanding of ‘the state’, the paper shows the variety of ways in which institutions within the state were, and remain, involved. Through spotlights on major turning points in the administrative framework, it further argues that nationalism has been more often mobilized to foster state preservation than the other way round and suggests to place nationalism alongside other motive forces to understand the rise and transformation of state involvement in preservation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 14:35
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2017 14:35
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