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Editorial: Rewriting the book of Britain

How does the world see Britain—and how does it see itself? Prospect editor Tom Clark introduces our November issue

By Tom Clark   November 2017

From Xi Jinping’s China to Donald Trump’s American heartland, today’s world demonstrates the might of the nation as a mobilising force. It has induced people to sacrifice and to slaughter for centuries, and so we should not be so surprised to see it reasserting itself, and post-Cold War fantasies of a liberal, post-border planet fade. If attachment to nation cannot be wished away, how can it be moderated and managed for the common good?

The perils of unthinking nationalism are a thing of terror, as the radioactive brinkmanship between puffed-up…

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