Defining a British State

Treason and National Identity, 1608–1820

  • Lisa Steffen

Part of the Studies in Modern History book series (SMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Lisa Steffen
    Pages 1-8
  3. Lisa Steffen
    Pages 69-98
  4. Lisa Steffen
    Pages 158-162
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 163-245

About this book


Explores the formation of the British state and national identity from 1603-1820 by examining the definitions of sovereignty and allegiance presented in treason trials. The king's person remained central to national identity and the state until republican challenges forced prosecutors in treason trials to innovate and redefine sovereign authority.


England identity law national identity revolution safety sovereignty state

Authors and affiliations

  • Lisa Steffen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South Carolina SpartanburgUS

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-42448-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-51375-4
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