Table of Contents:
  • Introduction / David Baker and Willy Maley
  • Part I.
  • 1. Opening the field: British history and 'The British history': The same old story? / Philip Schwyzer
  • 2. An uncertain union / David Baker and Willy Maley
  • 3. Revising criticism: Ireland and the British model / Andrew Murphy
  • Part II. Contested Peripheries
  • 4. 'The lost British lamb': English Catholic exiles and the problem of Britain / Christopher Highley
  • 5. 'Making history': Holinshed's Irish chronicles, 1577 and 1587 / Richard A. McCabe
  • Part III. British Shakespeare
  • 6. Henry IV: metatheatrical Britain / Matthew Greenfield
  • 7. Uncertain unions: Welsh leeks in Henry V / Patricia Parker
  • 8. Delving to the root: Cymbeline, Scotland, and the English race / Mary Floyd-Wilson
  • Part IV. Union Questions
  • 9. Reinventing the matter of Britain: undermining the state in Jacobean masques Jayne / Elisabeth Archer and Philippa Berry
  • 10. Mapping British identities: Speed's Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine / Christopher Ivic
  • Part V. Britain's Brave New World
  • 11. Bruited abroad: John White and Thomas Harriot's Colonial Representations of Ancient Britain / Andrew Hadfield
  • 12. The Commonwealth of the Word: New England, Old England, and the Praying Indians / Linda Gregerson
  • Part VI. Restoring Britain
  • 13. Orrery's Ireland and the British problem, 1641-1679 / John Kerrigan
  • 14. Jacobite literature and national Identities / Murray Pittock
  • Part VII.
  • 15. Historians respond: literature and the new British and Irish histories / Jane Ohlmeyer
  • 16. Text, time, and the pursuit of 'British Identities' / Derek Hirst

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