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How England Made the English Free read ä 2 × ❰Read❯ ➪ How England Made the English Author Harry Mount – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 tAls that made England 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 England Made the MOBI #183 northerly island off th. 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

How England Made the EnglishAls that made England 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 England Made the MOBI #183 northerly island off th. 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

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How England Made the English À Made the PDFEPUB #236 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 How England Kindle materi. A fascinating compendium of facts that helped me understand why English towns architecture and gardens are the way they are and how geological features and weather patterns have shaped the country Some of it seems self explanatory an island nation is prone to isolationist policies hello Brexit; most industry was centered in the North so it remains a place of huge grimy cities like Manchester and Leeds But I learned a ton and all the so because I have been to and thus was able to picture many of the places Mount discusses The first few chapters are a little dry but Chapter 5 on English towns is a highlight and the book picks up from there There’s a knowing humor to Mount’s writing that even an outsider can appreciateSome favorite observations“This indifference to bad weather bleeds into the pleasingly unself indulgent side of the English along with its extreme Spartan edges including a positively masochistic taste for discomfort and rain and the ideal combination of the two – the camping holiday” “Where buildings become archetypally English is in the adaptation of those foreign architectural features – an example of our make do and mend hodgepodge approach to the visual arts our taste for the compromise over the grand projet and our preference for customizing other people’s ideas rather than creating our own” eg Italian inspired terrace houses“The English aren’t good at immaculate idealized beauty – whether it’s their clothes their art or their teeth The beauty that springs up unbidden from apparent neglect is their thing”“In England 100 years is nothing and 100 miles is enormous; in America it’s the other way round” Characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¸ Harry Mount

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Harry Mount ¸ 2 Read & download E edge of a vast land mass 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 cov. The book was not uite what I had expected from the title I thought it was along the line of Watching the English ie an anthropological sort of study of why people in England behave the way they doThat's definitely not what the book turned out to be The first couple of chapters were a very detailed look into the geology of the country the groundwork so to speak It followed why the Romans or Normans had settled where they did and how that shaped the development of the countryThe next chapters go on to speak about the weather the railway and this is also when the author makes comparisons to life on the continent and how the English climatesoil etc made different developments possible Very interested was the chapter on building with local stone and distinctive styles of buildingsI felt that while the book was excellently researched the comparisons were not 100% scientific rather based on the author's observation on what he'd seenheard of life elsewhere That said I still liked this a lot it was a good read and gave me some insights I might not have come up with on my ownIt's a book you'll like if you like England a lot not a book for someone who wants to understand the country or its people better But if you like England than this is a great read