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How England Made the English Download ↠ 104 ↠ Join Harry Mount on his journey through England as he uncovers the national characteristics behind the English look a liking for old things for smallness and gentleness; a taste for the picturesue and the slightly shabby; a preference for accidental natural beauty over grand human designs Join Harry Mount on his journey through England as he uncovers the national characteristics behind the English look a liking for old things for smallness and gentleness; a taste for the picturesue and the slightly shabby; a preference for accidental natural beauty over grand human designs The book explains how the size of the fields is produced by male inheritance laws and the erratic ways of the rambling English hedge; how the industrial revolution created the modern English waistline; and why the Midlands became the home of the British curry It identifies the materials that made Engla. I was expecting something completely different from what this book offered It is basically a geography of the England and how it affects the way people livehousing trade dialect etc The major thrust is about the weather and why it is so varied on such a small island I think the title suggest something a little than that which I thought would be a study of English customs food and why they are so self containedIt is an interesting book if you are looking for a climate explanation but expect not much than that

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Ass moored between the Atlantic and the North Sea warmed by the Gulf StreamBecause of all these things we drink too much we're bad at speaking foreign languages and we're shy particularly with the opposite sex But they also mean we're good at defending ourselves fascinated by nature and gardens obsessed with walking indifferent to comfort and determined to preserve the past THe most geologically varied small country in the world has produced its most idiosyncratic people; and the English character and the landscape of that small country are inextricably linkedFrom the inside front cover. The English landscape is unlike any other country around the world from the patchwork fields to the geology beneath our feet We have an amazing diversity from salt marches to soaring cliffs sandy beaches to the stunning Jurassic coastIn this book Mount looks at the interaction between the English landscape and the English psyche and how the land and place in the world that we inhabit has influenced us as much as we have influenced it He breaks this down into four categories geography weather geology and history Each chapter in the book covers an aspect one of these elements and considers just how the place where someone lives is defined by the soils the rock and by waterIt is a informative book and does make for interesting reading Towards the end of the book the focus drops a little and the solid links that were there in the beginning become tenuous towards the end

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How England Made the EnglishNd too like the faint pink Aberdeen granite of the kerbstones; and that precise English mix of air temperature smell and light that hits you the moment you touch down at HeathrowThis book spans new England as well as the rolling hills and patchwork landscape of Tourist Board England the hedge funder's taste for Victorian terraced houses turned into minimalist white boxes; and the steel reinforced concrete that changed the English city horizon England and the English have been shaped by our weather geology and geography; by being a coal rich northerly island off the edge of a vast land m. I enjoyed reading this book but it just didn't give me the satisfied feeling that I was expecting This book attempts to describe how the country of England made the English as a people what they are today generally as a nation we are perceived as being tolerant fair hatred of confrontation fiercely protective of our privacy our homes and our gardens What the author does in this book is describes in detail the long list of very fortunate occurrences that have joined together to make England and the English namely our geographic location a small long thin island off the coast of Northern Europe fertile soil and a huge variation in landscapes in such a small country Temperate maritime stable weather that varies very little from wet and mild encouraging our green and pleasant land to grow The island mentality that spurned a nation of shopkeepers the industrial revolution and of sailors and a powerful navy that would go on to create an empire This mentality still persists today in our look down our noses attitude to our European neighbours and the continual political rows over the European Union and further integration that the English don't wantThe book goes on to describe why the English love our gardens why we prefer to live in houses than flats and prefer to own rather than rent which is completely different to the French and Germans How urban planning particularly after World War Two when the majority of English cities and industrial areas had suffered damage from Nazi bombing raids ruined a lot of cities with the 1960's penchant for high rise blocks and modernist brutalist architecture Now thankfully our continual love of the terraced house back and front gardens mock Tudor look and municipal parks has overtaken the high rise and much of these have been demolished What you get from this book is a sense of England being two distinct places the England of rolling hills villages pubs and cricket greens that still pretty much exists and the other England one of urbanisation ring roads motorways out of town shopping developments high rise glass curtained offices and huge estates of identikit housing An uneasy marriage but one that still works in a very unusual eccentric English wayA nice read but is bogged down sometimes in fine topographical geographical and meteorological data The national character of the English is not fully investigated here Perhaps it is too complicated to explain as an Englishman myself I know and understand but for foreigners it may be a little puzzling