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Title: The fall of the English gentleman: the national character in decline, c.1918-1970
Authors: Collins, Marcus
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. © Institute of Historical Research
Citation: COLLINS, M., 2002. The fall of the English gentleman: the national character in decline, c.1918-1970. Historical Research, 75 (187), pp. 90 - 111.
Abstract: The figure of the gentleman and his allied qualities of amateurism, sportsmanship and self-control dominated public discussions of Englishness in the half century after the Great War. From 1918 to the mid nineteen-fifties, gentlemanliness enjoyed strong, although by no means unanimous, support among commentators on national character. Subsequently, however, the reputation of the gentleman suffered irreparable damage at the hands of a post-war generation seeking scapegoats for the country’s perceived economic, geopolitical and moral decline. This article seeks to explain when and why gentlemanliness lost its reputation as the exemplar of Englishness, and the consequent effects on national culture and identity.
Description: Closed access. This article was published in the journal, Historical Research [Blackwell Publishing Ltd. © Institute of Historical Research] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2281.00142
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1111/1468-2281.00142
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12159
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2281.00142
ISSN: 1468-2281
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