Book of the Year by University Historian
What is it to be English?
In considering this elusive question,
Robert Colls of the University of Leicester's Department of Economic and Social
History, has produced a book acclaimed Book of the Year by broadcaster Melvyn
Bragg in the Observer newspaper on
December 1, 2002.
When it was published earlier in the
year, Identity of England also
received fulsome praise in The Independent,
The Literary Review, The
Scotsman, and The Times’ Literary Supplement, and was BBC History Magazine’s
book of the month for October. It
starts with George Orwell’s eight points of Englishness, but then goes back to
1066 in order to follow the question right up to present times.
In 1944 Orwell was able to identify a
common culture for the English people, but Colls is less sure that this is still
the case today.
Beginning with a consideration of how the
English state first began to identify an English nation, he goes on to look at
how, in modern times, that nation has survived revolutions in technology, urban
living, and global conflict.
Dr Robert Colls said: “I am pleased
that the book has been so well received. It
seems I have written a book about the past that the reviewers think has some
bearing on our present and future lives”.
of England, published by Oxford University Press Inc in June 2002 costs £25.00
and is available from the University of Leicester Bookshop and all other good
TO EDITORS: Further
information is available from Robert Colls, University of Leicester Department
of Economic and Social History, telephone 0116 252 2584, facsimile 0116 252
5081, email email@example.com
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