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Sir Arthur Bryant as a 20th-Century victorian.

Stapleton, J. (2004) 'Sir Arthur Bryant as a 20th-Century victorian.', History of European ideas., 30 (2). pp. 217-240.


This article considers some of the late-Victorian and Edwardian influences on the popular historian, Sir Arthur Bryant (1899–1985) in the 20th century. It emphasises Bryant's role in strengthening patriotism and English national identity in the unpropitious circumstances of interwar and postwar Britain. The article examines his conservative cast of mind, one he communicated through best-selling histories and prolific journalism. It emphasises his increasing distance from organised Conservatism after the Second World War and the sympathy he attracted in some quarters of the Labour movement at the end of his life, as well as earlier on. However, it concludes that Bryant is a vital link between the late-19th century ‘moment’ of Englishness and its recent revival among Conservative thinkers, publicists and politicians.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Victorian England, Interwar Conservatism, Tory Whiggism, Empire, Europe, Immigration.
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Record Created:26 Feb 2008
Last Modified:04 Jan 2013 09:12

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