A Cultural History of British Euroscepticism by M. Spiering

By M. Spiering

Why are the British so Euro-sceptic? ignore tedious treaties, occasion politics or diplomacy. the genuine cause is that the British don't feel eu. This booklet explores and explains the cultural divide among Britain and Europe, the place it comes from and the way it manifests itself in daily life and the tutorial international.

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Islands are usually small; one part of the people cannot as easily be employed to oppress the other; the sea separates them from great empires, and tyranny cannot reach them; conquerors are checked by the sea; islanders are not overrun by conquest, and they preserve their laws more easily. (Montesquieu 1989, 288) Remarkably, the notion that island people are somehow ‘more inclined to liberty’ lives on in modern studies of international relations. 0005  A Cultural History of British Euroscepticism and positive impact on the likelihood of political democracy, which may explain why some lower income small island countries become democratic despite established associations between lower income and a lack of democratic structures’ (Srebrnik 2004, 332).

0005 The Island Story  through a freak of nature, breaks off from the rest of Europe. ’ Eventually the exasperated authorities implore the youngsters to ‘opt for Europe’ (Saramago 2006, 126). As stated above, the island story of why Britain is different from Europe has three main variations. The second one places less focus on Britain being an island, and more on it not being part of the Continent, or, simply, Europe. An example would be Paul Johnson’s Offshore Islanders. The title is a baffling pleonasm.

A ‘general division’ is also seen by Stephen Haseler who states that ‘a real “cultural revolution” is coming from outside the shores, from beyond the water’s edge – from a civilisation of which the British are certainly a part, but only a part’ (Haseler 1996, ix). Krishan Kumar agrees that there is such a thing as ‘continental culture’, but this thing from ‘outside the shores’ (to use Haseler’s words) does not bring revolution, but is instead increasingly appreciated by the English people: ‘The English – at least the ordinary English – have shown in recent years a willingness to embrace continental culture in many forms, from films to food and sex’ (Kumar 2003, 17).

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