The Enchanted Glass
Britain and Its Monarchy
A Verso book
The acclaimed anatomy of Britain’s relationship with its monarchy, by the foremost historian of nationalism.
In this acclaimed study of British statehood, identity and culture, Tom Nairn deftly dispels the conviction that the Royal Family is nothing more than an amusing relic of feudalism or a mere tourist attraction. Instead, he argues that the monarchy is both apex and essence of the British state, the symbol of a national backwardness. In this fully updated edition, Nairn’s powerful and bitterly comic prose lays bare Britain’s peculiar, pseudo-modern, national identity—which remains stubbornly fixated on the Crown and its constitutional framework, the “parliamentary sovereignty” of Westminster.
- November 2011
- 5.1 × 7.8 in
/ 456 pages
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Endorsements & Reviews
“An ambitious and ruthless dissection of the most down-market comic opera of our age.” — Sunday Times
“Dazzling, cliché-nailing ... The first serious study for more than a hundred years to take a coldly analytical look at this most emotion-charged part of our heritage, it reflects a growing sense of the peculiarity of it all.” — The Observer
“A long and brilliant meditation on the nature of the British state, its identity and national culture ... one of the most powerful and original pieces of writing I have ever read on the subject.” — London Review of Books
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