chapter  1
Approaches to The Human Geography of The UK
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A number of authors have recently published works that critically reflect on the United Kingdom, and in particular on what it is to be British (Davies 1999; Grant and Stringer 1995; Marr 2000). Other writers are exploring issues of national identity (*see Glossary) for those countries within the ‘Union’—England (Barnes 1998; Davey 1999; Jones 1998), Scotland (Devine 1999a; Nairn 2000), Wales (Bowie 1993) and Ireland (Graham 1997). The United Kingdom will be 300 years old in 2007, and in 2001 it will be 200 years since the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was established when the Irish Parliament ceased and power was transferred to Westminster, an event which will deliberately go unmarked by Tony Blair’s government. This is in stark contrast to the recent Millennium celebrations, or the way in which the government led the fiftieth anniversary celebrations marking the arrival of the Empire Windrush landing Jamaican immigrants in London in 1948, an event which started the wave of post-war non-white immigration leading to the present ‘new’ multiculturalism.