Francis Pryor's Britain A.D. as well as the three-part documentary series. In this series/book,

Pryor puts a convincing argument using contemporary archaeology to show that there is no real evidence for many of the major events of which modern English and British identity is founded, namely the Anglo-Saxon invasion and the existence of an historical King Arthur. While Bede is the primary source (as well as backdated Chronicle entries) for the Anglo-Saxon invasion, it seems that there are no mass graves, no sudden change in housing styles or burial customs, disturbed soil in probable battle locations and no significant DNA changes in genetics that would suggest population replacement concurrent with an invasion.

The so-called Dark Ages following the retreat of the Roman Empire from Britain was therefore a misnomer, as Britain flourished with trade (as shown by its pottery), a material culture of arts seen in surviving Latin inscriptions, and especially the continued construction of wooden houses around the ruins of Roman stone settlements. What the archaeological and genetic information shows is less a conquest, but a continuation and overlap, in contrast to historical narrative. Most of the Anglo-Saxons therefore are the Romano-British Celts. There is of course new DNA from settlements of Frisians, Danes etc. but the founding stock remained mostly unchanged.

Why some of these Celtic peoples adopted the language, culture and customs of foreign tribes without any kind of conquest remains a contested topic, but this seems to be one of the reasons behind Bede’s Historia, to justify this change, as well as instill two objectives: the historical creation of the English People as a distinct ethnic body, at a time when disparate kingdoms and tribes were still warring with each other, but also that these people were unified by their new Roman Christianity. When St. Augustine visited Britain to convert them, it was very likely that, rather than a society torn apart by marauding heathens, he saw a Celtic Christianity in full bloom across Britain, with only small pockets of North-West Germanic Paganism living alongside it.

The conclusion here, for me at least, is that before the changes of the twentieth century, the British have always been a distinct racial people regardless of the culture and languages they spoke. This betokens the importance of race above culture. If Western civilisation collapses, we should not cling to a sinking ship of material culture at the expense of our people.

However, this is not the conclusion that Pryor draws from this. For him this shows that the English have always been a diverse people, and that this is the strength of the English identity. I must have missed the memo where the changes in cultures over an unchanging racial makeup is equivalent to the modern melting pot, where the changes in culture over a rapidly changing racial makeup constitutes a people at all. But don’t worry Francis, as long as you call these obvious aliens ‘British’ no one will notice the difference.

Another issue to take from that is the post-modern attitude towards changing identities. While the concept of ‘Englishness’ was ultimately the creation of Bede and other historians, who use events like the Anglo-Saxon invasion and the legend of King Arthur to draw a line in history to define the fixed limits of something that may be more of a continuum, this leads to a vile nihilism that must be rejected outright.

To say that the concept of English national identity was created as a political reaction or narrative, or that the concept of German national identity has only really existed since its post-empire unification in the 19th century, leads the post-modernist to conclude that these nations and thereby its people do not exist at all. Their alternate is ultimately like that of the Communist and the Anarchist, a global people unified by their social class status or a civic nationalism that sees the racial and ethnic foundation upon which it is built as fungible. The anti-racism inherent in such post-modern thought is born out of Communist ideas in the first place.

This is where the importance of National Socialism returns once again - these modern nations and their political boundaries may certainly have finite origins, and seemingly arbitrary foundations, but race is not. Adolf Hitler knew well that, behind the ancient warring Germanic tribes (unified only by the Treaty of Verdun), behind the Holy Roman Empire and behind the German Empire - there were the German people. A people united and unmixed from within can survive any external changes.

You can change the name of a nation, you can change the ruler, you can redraw its borders, but a people, a race, will last for as long as they stand upon the earth, unmixed in their blood. A nation is more than the political lines drawn by politicians, it lies within the definition itself - within the blood of your Volk.