From the renewed sense of nationalism in China, to troubled identities in Europe and the USA, to the terrifying rise of Islamic State, the world is a confusing place right now and we need to understand the symbols, old and new, that people are rallying round. For thousands of years flags have represented our hopes and dreams. We wave them. Burn them. March under their colors. And still, in the twenty-first century, we die for them. Flags fly at the UN, on Arab streets, from front porches in Texas. They represent the politics of high power as well as the politics of the mob.
In nine chapters (covering the USA, UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, international flags, and flags of terror), Tim Marshall’s A Flag Worth Dying For examines the systems of symbols that represent nation states and non-state actors (including ISIS, Hezbollah, and Hamas), and how they figure in diplomatic relations and events today.
Drawing on more than twenty-five years of global reporting experience to reveal the true meaning behind the symbols that unite us—and divide us—A Flag Worth Dying For is a winning combination of current affairs, politics, and world history.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Stars and the Stripes 9
Chapter 2 The Union and the Jack 37
Chapter 3 The Cross and the Crusades 63
Chapter 4 Colors of Arabia 105
Chapter 5 Flags of Fear 133
Chapter 6 East of Eden 155
Chapter 7 Flags of Freedom 187
Chapter 8 Flags of Revolution 211
Chapter 9 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 241