By David Rollison

In 1500 fewer than 3 million humans spoke English; at the present time English audio system quantity at the least 1000000000 around the globe. This ebook asks how and why a small island humans grew to become the nucleus of an empire 'on which the solar by no means set'. David Rollison argues that the 'English explosion' was once 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 special, vernacular, populist circulation. 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 hobbies bargains a 'new constitutional heritage' within which country associations and gear elites have been subordinate and answerable to a better neighborhood that the early smooth English known as 'commonwealth' and we name 'society'.

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