Category Archives: UK

The Face of Britain

 A History of the Nation Through Its Portraits By Simon Schama Illustrated. 603 pp. Oxford University Press. $39.95. NYT: “This splendid book by the historian and art critic Simon Schama could ­hardly be better timed, since it might plausibly be … Continue reading

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Brits Tend to Distrust and Be Suspicious, Study Suggests

Times: “Britons have a reputation for being reserved and unfriendly. Now suspicious can be added to the list. Nearly half of the British population distrust the people around them and tend to think that “you can’t be too careful when … Continue reading

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European Countries Not Part of EU

As a result of the Brexit vote, the United Kingdom will apparently join a small group of highly developed European countries that are not part of the European Union: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland. These four countries are rich countries that … Continue reading

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United Kingdom to Break Up?

Examples of British, Irish and Scottish pride or nationalism in book form. The UK’s vote to exit the European Union makes me wonder, might the break-up of the United Kingdom be next? I noticed disunity in the UK last summer … Continue reading

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Did My Ancestors Really Move So Freely Around the British Isles?

What surprises me in tracing my ancestry is how easily people moved from England to Scotland to Ireland and the European continent, well before the era of trains, planes and automobiles. One branch of the family, originally DeShaw, can trace … Continue reading

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‘Suffragette’ Depicts Quest for Female Right to Vote, London, 1912

In late 19th and early 20th century, the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state in the quest for equal rights. Mixed review … Continue reading

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Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil War

Oliver Cromwell (1599 – 1658) underwent a religious conversion in the 1630s and became a Puritan, coming to believe that he was one of God’s “chosen people” and that Catholic beliefs and practices must be fully expunged from the church. Catholics, … Continue reading

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