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Why is there such excessive curiosity this present day within the thought of 'Britishness'? Does it really count, and what's 'Britishness' besides? Why does 'being British' appear to be quite valued by means of black and Asian Britons? And why are the conventional British values of tolerance, sexual modesty and civic generosity now so much hugely loved among beginners? Ian Bradley makes a special contribution to the talk approximately British identification. He explains why Liverpool is the main British of united kingdom towns, how a small village off the M6 dual carriageway is arguably Britain's religious center, and what subject parks, airport retailers and consuming conduct let us know in regards to the modern nationwide personality. it is usually claimed that the united kingdom is without doubt one of the so much secular international locations in the world. however the writer controversially argues that Britishness - just like the overlapping crosses of the four hundred year-old Union flag - is healthier understood in spiritual phrases. British id encompasses either a resurgent curiosity in religion, and a tolerant team spirit in range, the variety of a society which now embodies Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and plenty of different - together with secular - traditions. Bradley's proposal of 'Britishness' represents a favorable substitute to fundamentalism, slim nationalism and jingoism.

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