I am currently in working on a PhD thesis entitled 'From a Confessional to a Nation State: Britain 1780-1858' which seeks to address what I consider to be key limitations in the current historical narrative of the rise of the concept of the nation and national identity in Britain during the period between the end of the American Rebellion and the passage of Jewish Emancipation.
Up until the beginning of this period the established model of constitutional identity in Britain was that of the Anglican-Confessional State, however from the passage of the Papists Act of 1778, this model began to be fundamentally undermined. How was this crisis of constitutional identity to be resolved?
Much of the current historiography posits that what would emerge was a secularising modern state apparatus and that this would represent the primary medium through which a new conception of the nation and national identity was formed.
In my work I seek to challenge this assumption by arguing that, in the British experience at least, the nation and one’s identity within it actually predated the rise of the modern state and was in fact challenged by its development. In consequence this pre-existent notion had to be recalibrated and reconceptualised in order to account for the altered socio-political reality. What would emerge from this process would be the often fraught ideal of the British nation.
I received my BA (Hons) and my MA in History from Queen Mary College, University of London. I am a practising Anglican and I live in the town of Romford.