The Enchanted Glass: Britain and Its Monarchy

The Enchanted Glass: Britain and Its Monarchy

by Tom Nairn
     
 

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In this acclaimed study of British statehood, identity and culture, Tom Nairn deftly dispels the conviction that the Royal Family is nothing more than an amusing relic of feudalism or a mere tourist attraction. Instead, he argues that the monarchy is both apex and essence of the British state, the symbol of a national backwardness. In this fully updated edition,

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In this acclaimed study of British statehood, identity and culture, Tom Nairn deftly dispels the conviction that the Royal Family is nothing more than an amusing relic of feudalism or a mere tourist attraction. Instead, he argues that the monarchy is both apex and essence of the British state, the symbol of a national backwardness. In this fully updated edition, Nairn’s powerful and bitterly comic prose lays bare Britain’s peculiar, pseudo-modern, national identity—which remains stubbornly fixated on the Crown and its constitutional framework, the “parliamentary sovereignty” of Westminster.

Editorial Reviews

Sunday Times
“An ambitious and ruthless dissection of the most down-market comic opera of our age.”
The Observer
“Dazzling, cliché-nailing ... The first serious study for more than a hundred years to take a coldly analytical look at this most emotion-charged part of our heritage, it reflects a growing sense of the peculiarity of it all.”
From the Publisher
“A long and brilliant meditation on the nature of the British state, its identity and national culture ... one of the most powerful and original pieces of writing I have ever read on the subject.”—London Review of Books

“An ambitious and ruthless dissection of the most down-market comic opera of our age.”—Sunday Times

“Dazzling, cliche?-nailing ... The first serious study for more than a hundred years to take a coldly analytical look at this most emotion-charged part of our heritage, it reflects a growing sense of the peculiarity of it all.”—The Observer

London Review of Books
“A long and brilliant meditation on the nature of the British state, its identity and national culture ... one of the most powerful and original pieces of writing I have ever read on the subject.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844677757
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
11/07/2011
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
1,122,550
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Nairn‘s many books include The Break-up of Britain, Faces of Nationalism, After Britain, and The Enchanted Glass. He writes for, among others, New Left Review and the London Review of Books.

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