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By David Rollison

ISBN-10: 0521139708

ISBN-13: 9780521139700

ISBN-10: 0521853737

ISBN-13: 9780521853736

In 1500 fewer than 3 million humans spoke English; at the present time English audio system quantity not less than 1000000000 around the world. This booklet asks how and why a small island humans turned the nucleus of an empire 'on which the sunlight by no means set'. David Rollison argues that the 'English explosion' used to be the end result of a protracted social revolution with roots deep within the medieval prior. A succession of crises from the Norman Conquest to the English Revolution have been causal hyperlinks and chains of collective reminiscence in a different, vernacular, populist stream. The key-phrase of this lengthy revolution, 'commonwealth', has been mostly invisible in conventional constitutional heritage. This panoramic synthesis of political, highbrow, social, cultural, spiritual, financial, literary and linguistic routine deals a 'new constitutional historical past' during which nation associations and tool elites have been subordinate and answerable to a better neighborhood that the early glossy English known as 'commonwealth' and we name 'society'.

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