Regional Societies and the Migrant Edwardian Royal Dockyard Worker: Locality, Nation and Empire
This chapter combines a four nations perspective with an understanding of social and workplace relations. It adds nuance to a monolithic interpretation of nationhood by examining identity making in-situ with a case study of Portsmouth, in the South of England, c.1900–1914. Portsmouth experienced a large influx of workers from other areas of the United Kingdom due to an expansion of operations in the Royal Dockyard after the Naval Defence Act (1889). Studying the national and regional societies formed in this period, it explores the hybridity of British identity and moves away from a ‘top down’, Anglicised history of the United Kingdom.