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 How England became the mother of modern politics

English exceptionalism – The political success of the English – Why was England so different? – The treatment of foreigners -The Free-Born Englishman – Equality and privilege -The mediaeval elite ideology -The Peasants’ Revolt -Anti-clericism -The Black Death -The limits … Continue reading

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Well, at least there wasn’t a six-foot dancing penis

Robert Henderson Prior to the  opening ceremony of the  London Olympics,  the last time Britain put on a taxpayer-funded  entertainment that was  meant  to project the country to the world was on 31 January 1999.  The event was broadcast   from … Continue reading

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English education – a project to culturally cleanse the English

Robert Henderson Ask an English child of 2011 about the iconic dates of English history such as Hastings, Blenheim and Waterloo and your chances of getting a correct answer are very small. Quiz them on who was Alfred the Great  … Continue reading

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Human Accomplishment and the English

Robert Henderson In his book “Human Accomplishment” the American Charles Murray calculates the contribution to civilisation made by individuals throughout history up until 1950. To give his calculations as much objectivity as possible he measures the amount of attention given … Continue reading

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The English in North America – Locating the Hidden Diaspora

http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/browse/ne/uninews/searchenglish  Locating the Hidden Diaspora In search of the English Historians at Northumbria University are embarking on a groundbreaking project to explore why “Englishness” has been overlooked in America, while other ethnic groups are celebrated and well-known. Englishness as an … Continue reading

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Where are the English-Americans?

There are Irish-Americans, Scots-Americans, Scotch-Irish-Americans, Welsh-Americans, Polish-Americans, German-Americans ,  Italian-Americans, Korean-Americans, Mexican Americans, Cuban Americans, Colombian Americans, Dominican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Spanish Americans, and Salvadoran Americans, Chinese-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Iranian-Americans,   and a host of other hyphenated  citizens  in the USA. Sometimes the … Continue reading

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Notable English technologists and inventors

Thomas Savery (1650-1715). Invented the first commercial steam engine -a steam pump.  Thomas  Newcomen (1663-1729).  Improved Savery’s engine by  introducing the piston.   Richard  Trevithick  (1771 – 1833). Invented the  high  pressure  steam engine. Built the first steam locomotive. George Stephenson … Continue reading

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The development of the franchise in England

Serious  disquiet  with the  Commons’ electoral  qualifications, provisions  and practices began  in  Elizabeth’s reign and reached  its highest  pitch,  prior to the 1640s, during the years 1621  to  1623. The discontent  was provoked primarily by the situation  in  the  boroughs … Continue reading

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The democratic spirit and the English civil war, Commonwealth and Protectorate

Stuart  society  was a world on the  physical,  economic  and  intellectual  move  and waiting to move faster if  the  right  engine  appeared.  The civil wars of the  1640s was  that  machine. Representative  government  is  one  thing,  democracy  quite  another. That … Continue reading

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The Levellers: the first English radicals

Radical has a special meaning in English political history. It describes those whose instincts were democratic although they did not espouse the idea of a full male adult  suffrage let alone a suffrage which included women until very late in … Continue reading

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