Category Archives: England

Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941

Here are some highlights of this 2020 book by professor Alan Allport: * A war fought in defence of Poland or Romania would be ‘devastating’; the independence of neither state was of any inherent vital interest to Britain, or possible … Continue reading

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The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer

Here are some highlights from this 2008 book by David Goldblatt: * The British historian Eric Hobsbawm encapsulated this oddity when he wrote ‘The twentieth century was the American century in every way but one: sport.’ This is not exactly … Continue reading

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The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning And Making Of English Football

Here are some highlights from this 2015 book by David Goldblatt: * Sir Richard Turnbull, the penultimate governor of Aden, told Denis Healey, then Britain’s defense secretary, that, “When the British Empire finally sank beneath the waves of history, it … Continue reading

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Long May He Rule Over Us

Once you’ve read a few books on kings and queens, Donald Trump doesn’t seem so strange. For example, let us take King John of Magna Carta fame. Peter Ackroyd notes: “[H]e fined York and Newcastle for not affording him an … Continue reading

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The Champions Of Chastity

I love reading stories about those great souls who put the realm of the spirit first. Peter Ackroyd writes in his 2013 book Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors: At a convent, near Watton … Continue reading

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