By Maria Lúcia Garcia Pallares-Burke,Peter Burke

Lords e hooligans; gents e gente do povo; chá da tarde formal e pubs nem tanto; família genuine e tabloides escandalosos; táxis e ônibus de dois andares trafegando pela esquerda... Esses ícones nos parecem muito familiares, assim como o futebol, que nos foi apresentado pelos ingleses. Mas será que conhecemos tão bem os habitantes da “terra da rainha”? A dupla de historiadores Peter Burke e Maria Lúcia Garcia Pallares-Burke (ele inglês, ela brasileira) nos apresenta novas faces desse povo fascinante. Para além da fama do colossal Ben, os ingleses legaram para a humanidade a Magna Carta – documento de 1215 que estabeleceu as bases da democracia moderna – e transformaram o mundo com sua Revolução commercial – embora Londres tenha eight milhões de árvores, o que faz dela a maior “floresta urbana” do planeta; isto em um país em que a jardinagem é uma obsessão nacional. Enfim, um país único, com fortes tradições, mas também aberto ao novo – inclusive à imigração. Os ingleses, com suas virtudes e defeitos, sua história e suas manias estão aqui de corpo inteiro. Uma leitura imperdível.

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