How England Made the English

How England Made the English 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 for the picturesque an

  • Title: How England Made the English
  • Author: Harry Mount
  • ISBN: 9780670919147
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 for the picturesque 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 lJoin 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 for the picturesque 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 materials 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 Heathrow.This 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, northerly island off the edge of a vast land mass, moored between the Atlantic and the North Sea, warmed by the Gulf Stream.Because 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 linked From the inside front cover

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    1. 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 more so because I have been to and thus was able to [...]


    2. I enjoyed reading this book, but it just didn't give me the satisfied feeling that I was expecting. This book attempts to describe how the country of England made the English as a people what they are today, generally as a nation we are perceived as being tolerant, fair, hatred of confrontation, fiercely protective of our privacy, our homes and our gardens. What the author does in this book is describes in detail the long list of very fortunate occurrences that have joined together to make Engla [...]


    3. A fairly enjoyable, wittily written book on what makes the English, errm, English.Some interesting facts to be had, but the relentless, factual style made me feel like I'd been put in the stocks and pelted with facts for several hours.Obviously, in a book of this type, you're going to get a lot of generalisations, it is to be expected, nonetheless, some of them didn't really sound like the English people I spend time with, I must say. A couple of gripes. Firstly, it is very south-centric, if you [...]


    4. A fascinating and illuminating book: far more 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 all.Mount 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. H [...]


    5. The book was not quite what I had expected from the title. I thought it was more along the line of "Watching the English", ie. an anthropological sort of study of why people in England behave the way they do.That's definitely not what the book turned out to be. The first couple of chapters were a - very detailed - look into the geology of the country, the groundwork so to speak. It followed why the Romans or Normans had settled where they did and how that shaped the development of the country.Th [...]


    6. 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 coast.In 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, [...]


    7. A fascinating, interesting, well written read. I had to push myself through certain parts of it (the origins of rock for example) but virtually every page had an insightful gem.


    8. This is a very gentle history of England and the English. Do not look here for rough edges, thoughtful criticism and review. Here you find an England of rose flanked doors, respectful tolerance and shy introspection. The basic (and probably legitimate) premise of this book is that the physical nature of land, nature and weather formed the idiosyncratic character of the English. So, England made the English rather than the other way around.Well, that’s a good idea – but how long has England a [...]


    9. Harry Mount writes from a rather bourgeois perspective but his book is packed with lots of interesting information even if some of his observations and conclusions in attempting to define the English are a little tenuous. He sets out to examine England and the English in relation to general themes including geology, weather, geography and history. Personally I found the geological influence on the architecture and building materials of England probably the most interesting aspect. While this is [...]


    10. This is an interesting country with a long geographic and social history to explore. This makes parts of the book fascinating as there are some great snippets of information buried in these pages.Unfortunately the book does read like ploughing through the author's research notes. There's much repetition and little in the way of structure or shaping. The book really needs a good edit.Disappointing also is the haphazard use of notes. A few are sprinkled in apparently at random as for a book but th [...]


    11. I had to abandon this book, as the smug, upper middle class Tory tone of it was making me nauseous. Very much not as described on the cover - I expected it to be more like Kate Fox's Watching the English (which is fantastic, and a much better read for any visitors to our land and/or Anglophiles), but it's not. It wants you to think it's some thoughtful, scholarly exploration of Englishness. It isn't. What it is is a Daily Mail/Tory view of England, coupled with some fairly xenophobic and unresea [...]


    12. This is an interesting look at England, it looks at a number of areas: geology, geography, history etc to explain why England is the way it is and why it is so recognisable from an aeroplane's window. It looks at; the way the appearance chances in relatively small areas / distances, dialect/accents and the structure and appearance of our towns. I docked this a star because some of the political explanation / content irked me (overly southern biased Tory I thought) with its constant praising of u [...]


    13. Interesting, info on how weather, geography, geology, social and industrial development have shaped the English outlook and character."The Anglo-saxons had forty different words for hilley all meant distinct varieties of hill."Regarding the bungalow, "The small single-storey house was adopted from colonial India. The Hindi 'bangla' means Bengali and, thus, a house in the Bengal stylee first British bungalows were built at Westgate-on-Sea and Birchington, both on the Kent coast, in 1869."


    14. This was rich with history and interesting trivia on all aspects of what it is to be English. I found myself saying, "Did you know" to my husband after every few pages. The facts are neatly delivered and easy to digest. This was a good read and not historically preachy, as you might expect it to be.Though the author is English I found him to be rather negative on the English people. He believes them to be antisocial and that couldn't be further from the truth. The English are very outgoing and k [...]


    15. The chapters are hit and miss - some are interesting, others are dull, but I confess I have no sense of English geography, so a full chapter on the different kinds of rocks and clay in each region of the country strikes me as tedious. Each chapter tends to have a weak or non-existent conclusion and some of the statements on English "uniqueness" are unfounded and laughably incorrect (such only the English refer to rural areas as "the country.") But overall it was decent.


    16. Very nice and entertaining, yet informative trip through the entirely depicted English nature of customs and common history. The book is filled with information, and to be honest - some of the data aren't really necessary. Good thing to read for every foreigner, who wants to become familiar with England and its unique culture.


    17. I was disappointed with this book. It started out being very interesting, but petered away to be little more than a collection of rather boring statistics.I did, however, like learning that moats where basically medieval status symbols. Not unlike the wooden butterflies on houses in New Zealand in the 1960s.


    18. Some interesting nuggets but this is smug, "Daily Telegraph" stuff. The heroes are aristocratic landowners and anyone who resists the evil influences of planning regulations &c. The baddies are the 1960s and modernism in general. Orwell did the "English character" so much better in 1940.



    19. The author's listing of the endowments of English geology is surprisingly engrossing: like seeing reality in a whole different spectrum of light. Boundaries that could only be guessed before, are now made clear. These chapters are for the sort of people who take pleasure in surveying and cataloging, like I do.The rest of the book is about how the English view themselves, in a nostalgic "we still prefer the warped, ancient look" way. It idealizes the shabby and unkempt dwelling as a closeness to [...]


    20. Gave up on it after a few chapters. I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t feel like there was much of a point being made most of the time, and it seemed to be a lot of descriptive rambling.




    21. A delightful read, with lots of insight into 'Englishness' (in all its many guises) that had me chuckling countless times.


    22. While this book is a fascinating collection of facts--geography, history, geology, art, architecture and everything in between--it has one fundamental flaw: it is almost entirely lacking in any sort of narrative. It's loosely arranged into chapters, true, but the author seems to have struggled to decide exactly what would go where. As a result, random tangents and misplaced facts spring up all over the place. When it works, it works well--it seems like the author is literally bursting with excit [...]


    23. Warning: this is a seriously nerdy book. It's definitely not for the faint of heart. Expect explanations of land ownership laws, very specific details about field gates (there's a diagram showing how field gates in different counties look — yes, really) and very detailed breakdowns of the different soil and stone types you can find across England. I wavered between giving this three stars and giving it four stars exactly because of that nerdiness and how Mount can sometimes seriously get very [...]


    24. Remember reading this book and loving it! It explains so much and it really, literally, digs into the soil of England to explain why England is the way it is. Having just been to Cornwall with its granite cliffs, the chapter about the geology of England was fascinating to read. It explains so much about why there are different building tchniques; why the churches, the houses and the cottages and even the towns look different in the different parts of the country. But it doesn't stop there; by ta [...]


    25. In fairness, I haven't finished it, but is feel like this one was marketed somewhat deceptively. It's basically an exploration of England's geography, architecture, urban planning, geology etc. but dressed up as a psychogeographical exploration of the English character (at least in my edition, which was subtitled something like "from why we drive on the left to why we don't talk to our neighbours). This results in some very dull chapters recounting, for example, the different types of building s [...]


    26. I would have given this book a 3.5 rating had there been the opportunity to do so. It definitely mostly held my interest and I learned rather a lot that I did not know and a lot that I thought I knew. There was also a lot of head-nodding as I was reading something that resonated with me, and that I recognised in my own country. It is highly recommended to read books regarding where you are from, particularly in this format. Not only do you learn a lot, but you also find that you get to know your [...]


    27. An interesting and informative look at how England's geography, geology, history and climate formed the English way of life. The book covers a wide range of topics, from fruit and veg to architecture - the chapter on how hedges were formed differently across the country was a surprising gem, and the discussion on housing was thought provoking. There was some repetition in the book, and the later chapters didn't always clearly distinguish where England was influencing Englishness and vice versa. [...]


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