Britain Explained

Britain Explained : Understanding British Identity

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The 2016 EU referendum underlined Britain's differences from its continental neighbours. But it also demonstrated how this 'united' kingdom is in many ways very disunited. England and Wales voted one way, Northern Ireland and Scotland the other; and within England the provinces voted against London. Such divisions are nothing new. Clashing interests and identities are expressed in every aspect of British history and contemporary life - not only in politics, but in education, the economy, law, culture, sport, religion and social attitudes. Author Martin Upham spent many years explaining the complexities of British identity to Americans 'studying abroad' in London, where he was the director of AHA International (now GEO). This book is based on that experience. The result is a fascinating expedition that will entertain and educate not just students of British society and culture and those coming from abroad but also general readers concerned about the state of Britain - whether they are Brexiters or Remainers. Illustrated throughout.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 130 black and white illustrations
  • 0993454976
  • 9780993454974
  • 451,006

Table of contents

1. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2. Political parties, parliament and elections 3. Monarchy, government and the constitution 4. England and the Union 5. Ireland and the Union 6. Wales and the Union 7. Scotland and the Union 8. London 9. Brexit! 10. Facing the world 11. An open economy 12. Social identities 13. A nation of unbelievers 14. Not just Eton and Oxford 15. Culture for all 16. Playing the game 17. The news media 18. From the cradle to the grave 19. The law of the land 20. Science superpower 21. A green and pleasant land? Index
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About Martin Upham

Martin Upham was for many years a director of 'study abroad' programmes for American students in London, teaching courses on the themes of this book.
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