Those who are sceptical of @holland_tom's thesis in Dominion (that our cultural beliefs are hugely conditioned by our society's Christian inheritance) should check out why Lord Sumption is currently trending on Twitter.
Lord Sumption, in his review of Dominion, argued - perhaps tellingly - that the West was in the process of discarding Christianity, "now that its practical utility as a foundation of social existence is no longer so obvious."
Until around 1970, slaves in the Arabian Gulf who had escaped their owners could go to a British consulate and, after touching the flagpole holding the Union Jack, would immediately be given their freedom. Freed slaves received this certificate.
Way back in 1862, a Persian prince marvelled at how 'England' was "the determined enemy of the slave trade, & has gone to an enormous expense to liberate the African races, to whom she is in no way bound save by the tie of a common humanity."
Replying to @dcsandbrook: ... and it's goodnight from him.
The next @TheRestHistory explores the theme of England’s north-south divide.* How has it manifested itself over the course of the centuries? Is geography truly destiny? Why IS Wiltshire the best county?
Do please tweet us any questions!
Answers on a postcard please to Tom's question: "Why IS Wiltshire the best county?"
We don’t. @dcsandbrook will be batting for the Midlands (as will I, to a degree, since the Hollands hail from Stoke, & I personally support the Midlands’ leading football club).
To the Victoria Embankment, there to take our Government-mandated exercise by following the lines of two waterways, the Bloomsbury Ditch & the #CockAndPye Ditch. These were channels which drained the marshland that surrounded the village of St Giles - current-day Covent Garden.
And so we make it home...
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