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by Nick Groom

eBook The Union Jack : The Story of the British Flag epub
  • ISBN: 1843543370
  • Author: Nick Groom
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Europe
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS; New Edition edition (2007)
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • ePUB size: 1668 kb
  • FB2 size 1529 kb
  • Formats lrf docx lit mbr


The potency of the union flag seems, day by day, to be fading, its different meanings leaking contradiction . There probably can be no better moment for Nick Groom's history.

The potency of the union flag seems, day by day, to be fading, its different meanings leaking contradiction, and spawning conflict. Groom is an illuminating essayist in various aspects of British culture; humour and flashes of historical oddity make the book immensely readable. This is a compact history of the heraldry and symbolism of the national flag, tightly focused around the origins and progress of the union between England, Scotland, Wales and (Northern) Ireland.

NICK GROOM is Professor in English at the University of Exeter. The Story of the British Flag. First published in hardback in Great Britain in 2006.

Union Jack establishes itself as essential reading in the background to current debates . This book is much more than a history of the Union Jack – in many ways it is a short history of the British Isles as such.

Union Jack establishes itself as essential reading in the background to current debates about British identity. This book is much more than a history of the Union Jack – in many ways it is a short history of the British Isles as such, animated by the idea of union as it has been expressed since the age of Bede (in this, Groom is writing against such works as Norman Davis’s The Isles, which takes a much more fragmented approach.

In fact, Groom is at his best before 1606, when he leaves most of the political history to others, and expounds on the origin of emblems.

James wanted to be king of a union state called "Great Britain", but he underestimated English recalcitrance. A British flag was part of this. In fact, Groom is at his best before 1606, when he leaves most of the political history to others, and expounds on the origin of emblems. Roman eagles were met by heavily tattooed "Britons" - a word stemming from the Celtic "pritani", or "people of the design".

Nick Groom traces its long and fascinating past, from the development of the Royal Standard and seventeenth-century clashes over the precise balance of the English and Scottish elements of the first Union Jack to the modern controversies over the flag as a symbol of empire and it. .

Nick Groom traces its long and fascinating past, from the development of the Royal Standard and seventeenth-century clashes over the precise balance of the English and Scottish elements of the first Union Jack to the modern controversies over the flag as a symbol of empire and its exploitation by ultra-rightwing political groups.

Nick Groom traces its long and fascinating past, from the development of the Royal Standard and seventeenth-century clashes over the precise balance of the English and Scottish elements of the first Union Jack to t Known the world over as a symbol of the United Kingdom, the Union Jack is an intricate construction based on the crosses of St George, St Andrew.

Nick Groom was born in 1966 and educated at Bedford Modern School . The Union Jack: The Story of the British Flag (London: Atlantic, 2006; paperback, 2007).

Nick Groom was born in 1966 and educated at Bedford Modern School and Hertford College, Oxford where he graduated with first class honours in 1988  . The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Known the world over as a symbol of the United Kingdom, the Union Jack is an intricate construction based on the crosses of St George, St Andrew and St Patrick.

engaging and interesting history - history as seen from a specific and highly appropriate vantage. works well as a potted history of Britain right back to the days when warriors carried dragon standards, and also as a pot pourri of useful trivia. - James Delingpole Mail on Sunday 'Masterly

Known the world over as a symbol of the United Kingdom, the Union Jack is an intricate construction based on the crosses of St, George, St, Andrew and St, Patrick. Nick Groom traces its long and fascinating past, from the development of the Royal Standard and 17th-century clashes over the precise balance of the English and Scottish elements of the first Union Jack to the modern controversies over the flag as a symbol of empire and its exploitation by ultra-rightwing political groups.
Comments: (2)
Shaktizragore
Well written and well executed book. Really enjoyed the history and symbolism that is the "union jack". Would recomend for anyone interested in british history.
Weetont
This book is more than its title states. It examines the history of the countries in the British Isles and their development up to the present United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. You will learn many new things like the origin of the three lions on England shirts and why we legally have no national anthem let alone no English one at all. You will find in the light of history why it is no surprise that this years bicentenary of England and Scotland's union went uncelebrated. The rise and fall of a United Kingdom is herein explained. The one frustration in the book is the absence of a decent set of illustrations. Why rely on words to describe flags when they are visual symbols, best illustrated not described? The author is an enthusiast for the Union. I fear he is standing amid a flowing tide of nationalism.
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