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Download ✓ How England Made the English 109 ´ ❰Read❯ ➲ How England Made the English Author Harry Mount – Join Harry Mount on his journey through England as he uncovers the national characteristics behind the English look a liking for old things for smallness and gentleness; a taste Als that made England too like the faint pink Aberdeen granite of the kerbstones and that precise English mix of air temperature smell and light that hits you the moment you touch down at HeathrowThis book spans new England as well as the rolling hills and patchwork landscape of Tourist Board England the hedge funder's taste for Victorian terraced houses turned into minimalist white boxes and the steel reinforced concrete that changed the English city horizon England and the English have been shaped by our weather geology and geography by being a coal rich England Made the MOBI #245 northerly island off th. A fascinating and illuminating book far interesting and thoughtful than its subtitle suggests 'From why we drive on the left to why we don't talk to our neighbours' doesn't cover it at allMount begins by examining the England's geology and shows how its great variety has begun to shape its economic activity He moves on to the soil our waterways our towns landowning history gardens industry He's full of information and most interesting facts which he dispenses with a light touch His enthusiasm fostered my enthusiasm This is an engaging and often amusing book from which I learnt a great deal

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Join Harry Mount on his journey Made the PDFEPUB #190 through England as he uncovers the national characteristics behind the English look a liking for old things for smallness and gentleness a taste for the picturesue and the slightly shabby a preference for accidental natural beauty over grand human designs The book explains how the size of the fields is produced by male inheritance laws and the erratic ways of the rambling English hedge how the industrial revolution created the modern English waistline and why the Midlands became the home of the British curry It identifies the How England Kindle materi. A fascinating compendium of facts that helped me understand why English towns architecture and gardens are the way they are and how geological features and weather patterns have shaped the country Some of it seems self explanatory an island nation is prone to isolationist policies hello Brexit; most industry was centered in the North so it remains a place of huge grimy cities like Manchester and Leeds But I learned a ton and all the so because I have been to and thus was able to picture many of the places Mount discusses The first few chapters are a little dry but Chapter 5 on English towns is a highlight and the book picks up from there There’s a knowing humor to Mount’s writing that even an outsider can appreciateSome favorite observations“This indifference to bad weather bleeds into the pleasingly unself indulgent side of the English along with its extreme Spartan edges including a positively masochistic taste for discomfort and rain and the ideal combination of the two – the camping holiday” “Where buildings become archetypally English is in the adaptation of those foreign architectural features – an example of our make do and mend hodgepodge approach to the visual arts our taste for the compromise over the grand projet and our preference for customizing other people’s ideas rather than creating our own” eg Italian inspired terrace houses“The English aren’t good at immaculate idealized beauty – whether it’s their clothes their art or their teeth The beauty that springs up unbidden from apparent neglect is their thing”“In England 100 years is nothing and 100 miles is enormous; in America it’s the other way round”

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How England Made the EnglishE edge of a vast land mass moored between the Atlantic and the North Sea warmed by the Gulf StreamBecause of all these things we drink too much we're bad at speaking foreign languages and we're shy particularly with the opposite sex But they also mean we're good at defending ourselves fascinated by nature and gardens obsessed with walking indifferent to comfort and determined to preserve the past THe most geologically varied small country in the world has produced its most idiosyncratic people and the English character and the landscape of that small country are inextricably linkedFrom the inside front cov. The English landscape is unlike any other country around the world from the patchwork fields to the geology beneath our feet We have an amazing diversity from salt marches to soaring cliffs sandy beaches to the stunning Jurassic coastIn this book Mount looks at the interaction between the English landscape and the English psyche and how the land and place in the world that we inhabit has influenced us as much as we have influenced it He breaks this down into four categories geography weather geology and history Each chapter in the book covers an aspect one of these elements and considers just how the place where someone lives is defined by the soils the rock and by waterIt is a informative book and does make for interesting reading Towards the end of the book the focus drops a little and the solid links that were there in the beginning become tenuous towards the end