chapter  1
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INTRODUCTION

As the empire dies and England’s decline continues apace, the inner forms of English culture are thrown into sharper relief. As we argue in the chapters which follow, that elusive, displaced notion of Englishness, apparently so insular and self-contained, cannot be grasped without seeing its intimate and complex connections to the wider imperial world. It is above all the external determinations which have been most vital. ‘England alone’ is a myth: potent, but false.