Britain Observed - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080236032, 9781483157412

Britain Observed

1st Edition

A Russian's View

Authors: V. V. Ovchinnikov
eBook ISBN: 9781483157412
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1981
Page Count: 234
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Britain Observed: A Russian's View focuses on the understanding of the customs, identity, political and social structure, and societal relations of the British. The book first underscores some of the misperceptions of the British of Russia, the author's country. The text also highlights the experiences of the author when he first arrived in Britain, noting the process of acclimatization that he has undergone. The manuscript emphasizes the appreciation of the author of the sceneries in England, as the sloping hills, fertile meadows, and village church spires that emerge from the hilltops are mentioned. The author also signifies that England is the kingdom of private life and says that neighbors maintain a certain degree of secrecy, and that they discourage intrusion into their private lives. The text also conveys how the author perceives the structure of the government and how Buckingham Palace influences the functions and operations of the government. The book is a fine reference for readers who want to learn the traditions, political considerations, and identity of the British.

Table of Contents


1 Basins without Plugs and Baths without Showers

2 Drops on a Raincoat

3 The Land of Green Fields

4 A Look behind the Fence

5 Amateurs and Professionals

6 Dogs, Cats and . . . Children

7 Solitary Trees

8 Law-Abiding Individualists

9 "Wogs Begin at Calais"

10 The Old School Tie

11 Factories for Gentlemen

12 The Educational Filter

13 Two Nations

14 Tea with the Queen

15 The Stiff Upper Lip

16 The Progress of the Golden Carriage

17 The Wool-Sack

18 Backbenchers and Whips

19 The Corridors of Power

20 "The Disunited Kingdom"

21 The Fabled City

22 Pall Mall and St. James

23 The Exception to the Rule

24 The Watch With No Hands

25 John Bull: A Summing Up



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