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England was wealthy long before the Empire and the Slave Trade

Researchers at Warwick University led by  economist Professor Stephen Broadberry have concluded that Mediaeval England,  far from being a land of poverty-stricken peasants oppressed by a small aristocratic  elite,  was a prosperous land with a higher average per capita income … Continue reading

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Evolving English exhibition – ends 3 April 2011

http://www.bl.uk/evolvingenglish/ British Library (Immediately next to St Pancras Station) Entry is free to all the exhibitions mentioned This is an exhibition I can wholeheartedly recommend.  The show  takes the visitor from the beginnings of English following the Germanic colonisation of … Continue reading

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England and the only bootstrapped Industrial Revolution

Of  all the social changes  which have occurred in human history,  none has been  so  profound as the process of  industrialisation.  The  two previous  great general  amendments  to  human  life  –  farming   and urbanisation – pale into insignificance. Before industrialisation,  … Continue reading

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England and the Enlightenment

 In his book “Enlightenment:  Britain and the creation of the modern  world”, the  historian Roy Porter remarks how peculiar it is  “that  historians have  so  little  to say about the role of  English  thinkers   in  the European  Enlightenment  as a … Continue reading

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England and the practice of science

 England was from the seventeenth century in the vanguard of the rise of science.    William  Gilbert’s   work on   magnetism  was  followed  by William Harvey tracing the circulation of the blood,  Halley’s work  on comets and Robert Hooke’s polymathic span from … Continue reading

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The beginnings of English intellectual history

English intellectual history is a long one.  It can reasonably be  said to  begin  in  the early eighth  century   with  Bede’s  Ecclesiastical  History of the English,  which amongst other things firmly  establishes the  English  as  a people before England as  … Continue reading

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Quantifying English intellectual accomplishment

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  to an  … Continue reading

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England and the rise of science

England was not merely the progenitor of industrialisation,  she was from the seventeenth century in the vanguard of the rise of science. That century saw Francis Bacon laying the intellectual foundations for scientific enquiry, including a recognition of the importance … Continue reading

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