Gibraltar, Identity and Empire

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Psychology Press, 2006 - Political Science - 233 pages
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The principal argument in Gibraltar and Empire is that Gibraltarians constitute a separate and distinctive people, notwithstanding the political stance taken by the government of Spain.

Various factors - environmental, ethnic, economic, political, religious, linguistic, educational and informal - are adduced to explain the emergence of a sense of community on the Rock and an attachment to the United Kingdom. A secondary argument is that the British empire has left its mark in Gibraltar in various forms - such as militarily - and for a number of reasons. Gilbraltar and Empire's exploration of the manifold reasons why the Gibraltarians have bucked the trend in the history of decolonization comes at a time when the issues in question have come to the fore in diplomatic and political areas.


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I am a decendent of the Adamberry clan and have research its origins. The name is certainly German, but does not come for the name Adamberg as stated in your book. The chap who brought the name to Gib is my gggg-grandfather Peter Adam Berith born Cologne Germany who married Maria Benitez Gausin Spain c.1815. The th was dropped by 1824 becoming Adamberi it remained with this spelling till 1857. then ry was added to become Adamberry as it is spelt today. The name Berith can be traced back to 1645 Wuerttenberg Germany as well as Rheinland around the same time.  


List of tables and figures
Changing contexts values and norms
Environmental aspects
Ethnic factors
Economic influences
Political and constitutional matters
Religion and the churches
Language and the community
A system born and reborn
Gibraltar takes control
Informal influences
The wider recreational and cultural scene
Concluding discussion

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E. G. Archer has been successively teacher, head teacher and university lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He served as the Secretary of the Hispanic Society of Scotland for over thirteen years. A frequent visitor to Gibraltar, he co-authored Education in Gibraltar 1704-2004, and a book on the village of Catalan Bay.

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