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The English are often confused about who they are. They say ‘British’ when they mean ‘English’, and ‘English’ when they should say ‘British.’
But when England, more than the rest of the UK, voted to leave the EU, polls showed national identity was a big concern. So it’s time the English sorted out in their minds what it means to be English.
A nation’s character is moulded by its history. And in Who do the English think they are? historian and journalist, Derek J. Taylor travels the length and breadth of the country to find answers.
He discovers that the first English came from Germany, and then in the later Middle Ages almost became French. He tracks down the origins of English respect for the rule of law, tolerance and a love of political stability. And, when he reaches Victorian times, he investigates the arrogance and snobbishness that have sometimes blighted English behaviour.
Finally, Taylor looks ahead. He asks – faced with uncharted waters post-Brexit, what is it is in their national character that will help guide the English people now?
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Magna Carta in 20 Places
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Who do the English
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From the Anglo-Saxons to Brexit.
Published by The History Press.
A history of English national identity, told through 20 places where the best - and the worst - qualities of the English were formed.
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Below - Listen to a BBC interview with Derek about his latest book, "Who do the English think they are?"