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By Jeremy Black

Family members with Continental Europe were a principal factor in British historical past. numerous the most important questions should be pointed out: first, how comparable or assorted was once Britain, to different eu nations in recognize of its financial system and political culture?; secondly, how some distance can similarity and distinction be understood by way of convergence and divergence, or of approximately parallel tracks reflecting and maintaining longstanding differences?; thirdly, did British humans think themselves to be Europeans?; fourthly did the British humans take an educated and sympathetic curiosity in what was once taking place at the Continent, or did their lack of knowledge of Europe result in insularity and xenophobia?; and fifthly, to what volume was once the British degree, and Britain as a complete focused on the affairs of Europe, diplomatically, militarily, economically, culturally? This wide-ranging, considerate and provocative examine tackles those questions from the past due Iron Age to the present debate approximately ecu integration. it's instantly a huge contribution to British background and an important paintings for these looking to comprehend Britain's prior and current place in Europe.

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