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Identity of England (Hardback)
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Identity of England (Hardback)

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Hardback 424 Pages / Published: 20/06/2002
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The English are now in need of a new sense of home and belonging, and a re-assessment of who they are. This is a history of who they were, with present needs in mind. It begins by considering how the English state created an English nation which from very early days refused to see itself simply as the state's creature. There was more to being English than paying taxes and obeying a king. It considers also how that nation survived shattering revolutions in industry, urban living and global conflict while at the same time retaining a softer, more humane vision of themselves and their land. There was more to living in England than work and wages, there was more to running an empire than expoliting it. From this rich store of history and possibility, the book connects how the meaning of England has changed and changed again in the past, with how it is changing now in the future.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199245192
Number of pages: 424
Weight: 788 g
Dimensions: 242 x 162 x 28 mm


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Colls has produced a deeply felt, zestfully written book which makes an important contribution to the ongoing debate about the national identity. * Jeffrey Richards, Cultural and Social History *
... a highly focused assessment of our national self ... Colls is strong on the economic and political imperatives at play ... The discussion is coherent and well documented and the concluding section, "England Now", is pretty chilling. * Tribune *
Of the many books that have come out about the question of England over the past few years, Robert Coll's Identity of England brings together serious scholarship, the pulse of the personal and a passion for inquiry into this compelling subject. * Melvyn Bragg, Books of the Year, Observer Review, December 2002 *
... one of the finest books on this complex and difficult subject it is possible to imagine. * Simon Heffer, Literary Review *
Provocatively argued and pungently expressed... A crucial issue [and] a great book ... It is thought-provoking, sophisticated, drawing on a wide range of intellectual resources, and offering hard-edged analysis. * Stephen Howe, The Independent Magazine *
A totally fascinating sweep across the subject. * Melvyn Bragg, The Good Book Guide *
Colls' probing new study shows that the English have been reinventing themselves all along ... A fine and engagingly personal book. * John Gardiner, BBC History Magazine, October 2002 *

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