The English: A Portrait of a People

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Overlook Press, 1998 - History - 308 pages
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Not so long ago, everybody knew who the English were. They were polite, unexcitable, reserved, and had hot-water bottles instead of a sex life. As the dominant culture in a country that dominated an empire that dominated the world, they had little need to examine themselves and ask who they were. But something has happened.

A new self-confidence seems to have taken hold in Wales and Scotland, while others try to forge a new relationship with Europe. The English are being forced to ask what it is that makes them who they are. Is there such a thing as an English race? Witty, surprising, affectionate, and incisive, Jeremy Paxman traces the invention of Englishness to its current crisis and concludes that, for all their characteristic gloom about themselves, the English may have developed a form of nationalism for the twenty-first century.

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Review: The English: A Portrait of a People

User Review  - Herman D'Hollander - Goodreads

In my student days the book(let) to read about the English was 'How to be an alien'. In short chapters author George Mikes described the 'typical' character and idiosyncratic behaviour of the English ... Read full review

Review: The English: A Portrait of a People

User Review  - Robert Day - Goodreads

Thankfully, I don't know Jeremy personally (yes, I know this is difficult for my North American readers to understand being as both Jeremy and I both live in 'London'!) so that means I don't have to ... Read full review

Contents

Funny Foreigners
24
The English Empire
43
True Born Englishmen and Other Lies
60
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Jeremy Paxman grew up thinking of himself as English, despite being one quarter Scottish. Currently the anchor of Britain's premier television news program, Newsnight, he has had a long and distinguished career in British television. His books include On Royalty and Empire.

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