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Distributed for Imperial War Museums

The English and Their Country

We, Americans, can all agree, there’s something a bit peculiar about the English. For centuries, they have been a puzzle to the people of other countries. Originally produced for overseas forces stationed in England during World War II, The English and Their Country attempts to solve this puzzle, providing a helpful account of English characteristics for confused guests. This quirky facsimile helps clarify many peculiarities of our friends across the pond, such as: Why are English people so reserved and shy? Why do they talk about the weather so much? What is the difference between northerners and southerners?
Including everything from a description of England’s geography and climate to an explanation of the English class system, this book is a light-hearted and amusing take on English life and customs that will delight any modern-day Anglophile.

64 pages | 40 halftones | 4 1/2 x 6 | © 2016

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"This pamphlet, first written in 1944 and republished by the Imperial War Museum, shows how American newcomers were inducted into the weird and wonderful ways of the English with an official guide. Among the tips in the leaflet include advice on overcoming their reserve, unleashing their inner romantic poet and even an explanation of why they are so obsessed with the weather."

Daily Telegraph

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