Christianity, Patriotism, and Nationhood: The England of by Julia Stapleton

By Julia Stapleton

This booklet hyperlinks the strategies of patriotism, Christianity, and nationhood within the journalistic writings of G.K. Chesterton and emphasizes their roots in the English attachments that have been imperative to his political and non secular personality. It additional connects Chesterton to the colourful debate approximately English nationwide id within the early years of the 20 th century, which was once instrumental in shaping not just his political convictions, but additionally his non secular convictions. Christianity, Patriotism and Nationhood explores his altering notion of the English humans from an early, menacing account in their progressive strength within the face of plutocracy to the extra advanced snap shots he drew in their personality on spotting their political passivity after the 1st international warfare. As Chesterton used to be principally a journalist, the examine considers many of the assorted shops during which he expressed his rules as a notably Edwardian guy of letters of a strongly patriotic persuasion. His reference to The Illustrated London information over greater than 3 many years proved pivotal in strengthening his patriotism and discourse of nationhood vilified somewhere else, now not least in complex Liberal organs such asThe state. Julia Stapleton indicates that he used to be more and more distanced by means of fellow Liberals earlier than 1918, as a result of the concern he gave nationhood over the nation, and patriotism over citizenship. yet she argues that his English loyalties have been the final echo of a facet of Victorian Liberalism that were gradually eroded via lack of self belief between elites within the democratic flair of the English humans. Christianity, Patriotism and Nationhood emphasizes that Chesterton upheld a cultural instead of racial belief of nationwide homogeneity, in line with the Victorian assets of his inspiration and the preferred patriotism of Edwardian England. It argues that his anti-semitism was once ancillary, instead of vital to his knowing of Eng

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H. Green15—as central to the disregard for small nations at the heart of Imperialism. Chesterton continued to write for The Speaker until it merged with The Nation in 1907. He recalled in his Autobiography that he owed an immense debt to the paper. He had written a few reviews of art books in The Bookman before; this resulted from his friendship with Ernest Hodder Williams—whose family owned the journal—while attending the English lectures delivered by W. P. Ker at University College London after his departure from the Slade.

This realization shaped the patriotic offensive with which he began his journalistic career and left an indelible mark upon his thought thereafter. For he attempted to salvage “true” Liberalism, Christianity, and even art and poetry at the same time, not least the underlying popular impulse that linked them closely to the patriotic ideal. NOTES 1. Sheridan Gilley, “Chesterton and the English Anti-Catholic Tradition,” CR XXX, nos. 3 and 4 (Fall and Winter, 2004): 294. 2. The Victorian Age in Literature (London: Williams and Norgate, 1913), 9–10.

60. Paul Readman, “The Place of the Past in English Culture c. 1890–1914,” Past and Present 186 (February 2005): 147–99; and “Landscape Preservation, ‘Advertising Disfigurement’, and English National Identity c. 1890–1914,” Rural History 12, no. 1 (2001): 61–83. 61. ILN, 25 July 1908, 116. 62. ILN, 9 July 1910, 44. 63. For an excellent account of that influence—in both a religious and secular form—see Raphael Samuel, “The Discovery of Puritanism, 1820–1914: A Preliminary Sketch,” in Island Stories: Unravelling Britain, vol.

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