The English

The English : A Portrait of a People

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 309 pages
  • 137.16 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • Overlook Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1468303716
  • 9781468303711
  • 62,428

About Jeremy Paxman

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."show more

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"It is hard to think of anyone better than Jeremy Paxman to shove the English in the right direction." --"Daily Telegraph" "Stimulating, adventurous and witty." --"The Times" (London) "An intelligent, well-written, informative and funny book." --"The Observer"show more

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