By Ian Buruma
"Imaginative, original--wittily written."--The Washington put up e-book World
To a few, England has lengthy represented tolerance, cause, and political moderation. To others, it's a moribund bastion of snobbery and outmoded culture. during this vigorous and diverting social heritage, famous writer Ian Buruma, himself the son of Dutch immigrants to England, offers an incisive examine anglophilia--and anglophobia--over the final centuries.
From passionate fanatics like Voltaire and Goethe, to exiles like Garibaldi and Herzen, to colourful England-bashers like Napoleon, Marx, and Kaiser Wilhelm II, Anglomania provides a sharply satirical account of Europe's occasionally comical, occasionally lethal prejudices, and explains why England's individuality and her dating with Europe remains to be very important as we input the twenty-first century.
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Anglomania: A European Love Affair by Ian Buruma