British National Identity and Understanding of Democracy
Did James Gillray, a prominent English caricaturist in the 19th century, receive government funding to promote an anti-Napoleonic narrative in the public sphere, thereby contributing to the formation of a British identity as a democratic nation?
CGS Senator Malcolm Wallop ‘Conversations on Democracy’ Award
Gillray’s caricatures from the early 1800’s have been incredibly popular since their creation, having been displayed at the British Museum, the Cartoon Museum, and the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale. The creation of a cultural history from these caricatures provides another, more popular perspective on British identity and democracy.
By making Napoleon the other, the British distinguished themselves partly because they saw themselves as democratic whereas France was not.
Hair, Jude, "British National Identity and Understanding of Democracy" (2016). CGS Student Awards 2016. 8.