Elements of civilisation : Britain, Ireland, and the British Empire
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The first part of this volume is devoted to specific issues in the geopolitics and civilisation of the British and Irish Isles, particularly peoples, religions, languages, plus elements of history in the formation of the two present day states, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. One chapter is more specifically devoted to the English public school tradition and its impact on literature. The second part is a short introduction to the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth, with a brief survey of Empire-related British literature (fiction), as well as in British and American cinema. Whenever possible, in both part 1 and part 2 of the volume, references to relevant titles of fiction and titles of films are given, besides primary and secondary sources.