The Perspective of the 1908 Olympics in the Nations of Britain

  • Luke J. Harris


From many historical aspects, establishing a solely English identity and viewpoint is difficult because as Krishan Kumar explains ‘Englishness modulated into Britishness.’1 This occurred because England was the most dominant nation in the Union of Great Britain and Ireland. Kumar argues that this resulted in English identity consuming British identity, encouraging the other nations of the Union to cling onto their own identities, while still enjoying a British identity.2 He attributes this to the fact that the first British Empire was the conquest by the English over the other nations of Britain.


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  • Luke J. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityUK

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