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By M. Spiering

Why are the British so Euro-sceptic? ignore tedious treaties, celebration politics or diplomacy. the genuine cause is that the British don't feel eu. This ebook explores and explains the cultural divide among Britain and Europe, the place it comes from and the way it manifests itself in lifestyle and the tutorial international.

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The second one places less focus on Britain being an island, and more on it not being part of the Continent, or, simply, Europe. An example would be Paul Johnson’s Offshore Islanders. The title is a baffling pleonasm. It is as if the author wants to make sureness double sure. The British are islanders, so offshore from, detached from, mainland Europe. Not surprisingly the book stresses Britain’s separateness, claiming that the country’s ‘Protestantism and individualism’ are the result of its ‘insular tradition’ (Johnson 1972, 231).

We ‘have this by means of our solitary situation’ (Bacon 1969, 266). With such a pedigree it is not surprising that the virtue of being isolated from the Continent is a recurrent theme in the Britain-andEurope debate. Britain should not join Europe, Norman Tebbit states. On the contrary, ‘we should learn to stay an island’. 0005  A Cultural History of British Euroscepticism of insularity has long protected us against rabid dogs and dictators alike’ (Tebbit 1990, 76). But isolation can have a negative side.

0005  A Cultural History of British Euroscepticism and positive impact on the likelihood of political democracy, which may explain why some lower income small island countries become democratic despite established associations between lower income and a lack of democratic structures’ (Srebrnik 2004, 332). Physical essentialism no longer has the appeal or followers it once had. After all, it lies at the heart of the racist ideologies and policies which reached their nasty crescendo in the Nazi obsession with ‘the Eternal Jew’.

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