By Ian Buruma
With its distinct historical past of civil liberties and the fragile stability among social order and the loose pursuit of self-interest, England has constantly interested its continental neighbours.
Buruma examines the historical past of principles of Englishness and what Europeans have popular (or loathed) in England around the centuries. Voltaire puzzled why British legislation couldn't be transplanted into France, or perhaps to Serbia; Karl Marx inspiration 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 via Jews.
Combining the tales of eu Anglophiles and Anglophobes with thoughts of his personal Anglo-Dutch-German-Jewish kinfolk, this totally unique ebook illuminates the connection among Britain and Europe, revealing how Englishness - and others' perspectives of it - have formed smooth ecu history.
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Anglomania: A European Love Affair by Ian Buruma