The British: Reverence towards Nationality

The British: Reverence towards Nationality

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   The English and the British have a long history, full of uniting myths. In this they differ from the Germans. British solidarity stood the test when Britain remained alone in fighting Nazi Germany, from the evacuation at Dunkirk until the German invasion of the Soviet Union. 
The English and the British allowed broad classes of people to participate in the political process, giving British nationalism a wide base of “a nation in power”, in the same sense as “a nation in arms”; this power is expressed daily in the parliament, the House of Commons. This broad-based political concern began with looking after the poor, first undertaken in the 16th century CE, in addition to the participation by broad sectors of the population in the political process, and MPs’ concern for classes with which they were not associated – a motif which emerged in the 17th century CE.
In the 19th century CE their broad-based politics caused the British to view their subjects in the colonies as equal partners as well. The sense of a broad, inter-connected public was born in connection with myths of a national character, going as far back as the 8th century CE.
Historically there is a connection between British expansion and empire building, and British expansion by way of membership of the EU. However, the latter for the British serves more as a means to strengthen their national home than for taking the course of constructing a pan-European national identity together with the other EU members.
In our series survey Britain was found to be the only country with a vitality and strength greater than the tendency towards pan-European integration within the EU.
The volume about the British may be of interest since it shows that the British – only they out of the ten groups – kept their nationality super to their European feelings. That result is important since there is expected a referendum in Britain during 2017 about their membership in EU.
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    Hardback ISBN-13: 978-965-90615-1-8
    Page Extent / Format: 280 pp. / 234 X 159 mm
    Edition: 1st: Dec.2014
    Hardback Price: 56.00 € (Not for sale now)

    Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-505-85353-7
    Page Extent / Format: 280 pp. / 229 X 152 mm
    Edition: 1st: Dec.2014
    Paperback Price: 26.50 € (Free shipment & handling to the EU)