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Warrior Race: A History of the British at War

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Modern Britain is a nation shaped, both geographically and culturally, by wars. The essence of its identity is the warrior heroes, both real and fictitious, who still capture the national imagination: from Boadicea to King Arthur, Rob Roy to Henry V, the Duke of Wellington to Winston Churchill.

In Warrior Race, Lawrence James draws on the latest historical and archaeologic
Paperback, 880 pages
Published April 23rd 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2001)
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David Bird
Imagine going to a reunion of someone else's family, where those present tell the stories, over and over, that make up the shared identity of the family. Those telling the stories don't particularly think about what they say about the family, or ask if they are true; if a cousin objects, he's just fulfilling his usual role as a complainer.

That's the experience that this book offers to a non-Englishman. The blurbs on the jacket stress the author's skill with anecdote; there is not much else to t
Jan 28, 2011 Goethicus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolute tripe, disorganized and an exercise in nationalistic mental masturbation.
Alastair Manderson
Lord Nelson - what a guy.
Duke of Wellington - what a guy.
Churchill - what a guy.
Oct 25, 2009 ActionScientist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My roots. I've read large chunks of most parts of the book.

A coloured man remarked to me the other day "you English are so hard on each other".

I am reminded of a word of wisdom I learned from an old warrior: we treat others like we treat ourselves.
Grey Wolf
Jun 25, 2013 Grey Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure I agree with all his conclusions but a fascinating overview, and exposing a lot of the dark underbelly of British imperial service
Oct 14, 2012 Warren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting analysis of British military power and its fade into obscurity in the second half of the 20th century
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Edwin James Lawrence, most commonly known as Lawrence James, is an English historian and writer.

James graduated with a BA in English & History from the University of York in 1966, and subsequently undertook a research degree at Merton College, Oxford. Following a career as a teacher, James became a full-time writer in 1985.

James has written several works of popular history about the British Em
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