By Ian Buruma
With its precise heritage of civil liberties and the fragile stability among social order and the unfastened pursuit of self-interest, England has consistently interested its continental neighbours.
Buruma examines the heritage of principles of Englishness and what Europeans have favourite (or loathed) in England around the centuries. Voltaire questioned why British legislation couldn't be transplanted into France, or perhaps to Serbia; Karl Marx idea the English have been too silly to begin a revolution; Goethe worshipped Shakespeare; and the Kaiser was once confident that Britain used to be run by means of Jews.
Combining the tales of ecu Anglophiles and Anglophobes with stories of his personal Anglo-Dutch-German-Jewish kinfolk, this totally unique booklet illuminates the connection among Britain and Europe, revealing how Englishness - and others' perspectives of it - have formed glossy ecu history.
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