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Englishness Identified: Manners and Character 1650-1850

Englishness Identified: Manners and Character 1650-1850
 

'Englishness Identified' traces the evolution of the so-called English national character through the impressions and analyses of foreign observers, and relates it to English ambitions and anxieties during a period of rapid change.

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ISBN 9780199246403
Barcode 9780199246403
Published 1 September 2001 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
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Author(s) By Langford, Paul
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ISBN-13 9780199246403
ISBN-10 0199246408
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 1 September 2001
International Publication Date 6 September 2001
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Langford, Paul
Category Cultural Studies
World History: C 1500 To C 1750
World History: C 1750 To C 1900
British & Irish History
Social & Cultural History
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Number of Pages 402
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 594g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress National characteristics, English, History, National characteristics, English, in literature, English literature, History and criticism
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 942.06
Catalogue Code Not specified

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In the seventeenth century the English were often depicted as a nation of barbarians, fanatics, and king-killers. Two hundred years later they were more likely to be seen as the triumphant possessors of a unique political stability, vigorous industrial revolution, and a world-wide empire. These may have been British achievements; but the virtues which brought about this transformation tended to be perceived as specifically English. Ideas of what constituted Englishness changed from a stock notion of waywardness and unpredictability to one of discipline and dedication. The evolution of the so-called national character - today once more the subject of scrutiny and debate - is traced through the impressions and analyses of foreign observers, and related to English ambitions and anxieties during a period of intense change.

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NZ Review Review from Hardback edition In his exhaustively researched, elegantly written and immensely engaging study, Langford identifies the national characteristics as energy, candour, decency, taciturnity, reserve and eccentricity. Cultural and Social History Langford sets out to prove his case in a robust, no-nonsense, thoroughly empirical manner. David Bell, London Review of Books, 14/12/00. Langford has found some real gems in his vast mine of material. David Bell, London Review of Books, 14/12/00. Langford himself has a pleasantly dry wit. David Bell, London Review of Books, 14/12/00. This wonderful book brings such detail and generalisation together by being organised not chronologivally but by 'six major supposed traits of Englishness': Energy, Candour, Decency, Taciturnity, Reserve, Eccentricity. Langford has read widely and unpredictably, especially in accounts that have never been translated into English. This has allowed him to produce a book that is, in one respect, brilliantly un-English: it is fascinated by what foreigners have thought. The Guardian

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