The cover is ready, and the content will be ready for Christmas, making this the ideal present for your Brexit-bashing, or even your Brexit-loving, loved-ones.
Much of the lure of Brexit comes from England’s glorious past, of great battles, of great men. But much of this is myth. The reality is more pertinent to today’s situation than many realise, with England looking at a possible future as a single nation state, surrounded by economic enemies.
This book looks at the history of England from 1066 to 1603, to show how the myth of England was created.
The myth started with a wealthy England the target of multiple assaults. The book shows how England’s unique natural wealth was first exploited by foreign invaders, then used to attack and destroy large swathes of Europe. Finally, England was reduced to penury, and its most glorious moments, by disastrous economic and social policies. England’s utter humiliation is described in painful detail.
The parallels with Brexit Britain are so close that the future can be mapped out. Racial intolerance and religious bigotry are encouraged by economic interests and a government clinging to power. Futile foreign wars empty the Treasury and encourage attacks by terrorists and pirates, and economic sanctions by other nations. The voice of reason is labelled dissent, and drowned out by the clamour of the herd and official or social censorship.
Those who benefit from Brexit will be pleased to learn that there are historical parallels there as well, and a warning. The great men who profited from England’s glory days usually ended up dead, as dead anyone else. Their wealth was often confiscated by the jealous or more aggressive, usually by or with the co-operation of the king or queen. They were imprisoned, executed, and their families were persecuted.
The positive lessons are also clear: peace, with the trade that follows, is far more beneficial for England as a whole. Where the economy grows, the population will also grow, not just foreign immigrants, but the English as well. For England is a rich land, with great natural wealth, a perfect location for trade, and a generous climate. Its people are industrious, when not taxed too heavily, and creative.
But the decision to keep the pound, and to leave Europe can only have a crushing long-term impact on the English economy. My book Empire, which will follow, shows clearly the benefits of standardisation and a common market for imperial growth; and the destructive effects of fragmentation and trade barriers.
Myth of England is an introduction to the general theme of my work, but one that is pertinent, precisely targeted at those arguing for or against Brexit, and negotiating with European neighbours who care little about Britain, but much about their own wealth, the same neighbours who were our enemies, trading partners and marriage targets between 1066 and 1603.