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This Sceptred Isle

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What is Britishness? What makes Americans admire the guts, traditions and loyalties of these island Anglo-Saxon and Celtic peoples? This volume brings to life the character and frustrations so carefully studied by allies and enemies for twenty-one centuries - from Romans to al-Qaeda. Following the thought-provoking style of the original This Sceptred Isle , this new volume brings to life the character and frustrations so carefully studied by allies and enemies for twenty-one centuries - from Romans to al-Qaeda. Here Lee makes all the connections with institutions and changing industrial and social characteristics that even show us that Britishness is not exclusively British. At a time when a major section of the British, the English, appear to be less and less sure who they are and who they are meant to be, This Sceptred Isle confirms who it is we really are.

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This Sceptred Isle by Christopher Lee

What allowed one small island group to rule a quarter of the world and, even today, to have the most spoken language after Chinese? What makes Americans admire the guts, traditions and loyalties of these island Anglo-Saxon and Celtic people? What is it that makes cynical Europeans and once-dominated Asians look to the British for opinion, literature, social norms and justice? The answers lie within the creation of British institutions, both Commoner and Aristocracy, during the past 2000 years.


Thought provoking ... selective but objective, it interprets without being unduly opinionated. * Daily Mail * Extraordinary and compelling history ... Amazing stuff: insightful, accessible and hugely addictive ... It makes you begin to understand your place in the chronological scheme of things. * Time Out * A staggering achievement that is not only readable and interesting but user-friendly. * The Observer * A tour de force * Daily Express * Has there ever been a more user-friendly means to the history of Britain? * Spectator *

About the Author

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee is a writer, historian and broadcaster, best-known for writing the radio documentary series 'This Sceptred Isle' for the BBC. Lee was the first Quatercentenary Fellow in Contemporary History and Gomes Lecturer in Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He has written nearly 30 books and more than 70 radio plays.

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Publication date

19th January 2012


Christopher Lee

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Robinson Publishing an imprint of Constable and Robinson


640 pages


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