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This Sovereign Isle: Britain, Europe and Beyond [9780241480380]

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Geography comes before history. Islands cannot have the same history as continental plains. The United Kingdom is a European country, but not the same kind of European country as Germany, Poland or Hungary. For most of the 150 centuries during which Britain has been inhabited it has been on the edge, literally and culturally, of mainland Europe.

Robert Tombs argues that the Brexit vote is historically explicable - though not historically inevitable - by Britain's very different experience of the 20th century, and our more extensive and deeper economic and cultural ties outside Europe.

Now that the Brexit debate has been decided and the turmoil has lessened, Tombs places Britain's period as a member of the EU, and exit from it, in a historical context. He considers the islands' sovereign history and their future role as a global, rather than European, Britain.


AUTHOR: Robert Tombs is Professor of History at Cambridge University. His most recent book is The English and Their History (2014).

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Author:
Robert Tombs
Publisher:
Allen Lane
Publication:
28-Jan-2021
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Hardback
Pages:
224
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332 Grams
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