By Ian Buruma
With its special historical past 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 trendy (or loathed) in England around the centuries. Voltaire questioned why British legislation couldn't be transplanted into France, or perhaps to Serbia; Karl Marx concept the English have been too silly to begin a revolution; Goethe worshipped Shakespeare; and the Kaiser used to be confident that Britain was once run through Jews.
Combining the tales of eu Anglophiles and Anglophobes with stories of his personal Anglo-Dutch-German-Jewish relations, this totally unique ebook illuminates the connection among Britain and Europe, revealing how Englishness - and others' perspectives of it - have formed sleek eu history.
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Anglomania: A European Love Affair by Ian Buruma