Anglomania: A European Love Affair by Ian Buruma PDF

By Ian Buruma

With its specific historical past of civil liberties and the fragile stability among social order and the unfastened pursuit of self-interest, England has continuously involved its continental neighbours.

Buruma examines the historical past of principles of Englishness and what Europeans have prominent (or loathed) in England around the centuries. Voltaire questioned 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 was once run through Jews.

Combining the tales of eu Anglophiles and Anglophobes with thoughts of his personal Anglo-Dutch-German-Jewish kinfolk, this completely unique ebook illuminates the connection among Britain and Europe, revealing how Englishness - and others' perspectives of it - have formed sleek eu history.

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