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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    There's people who celebrate the history of my country. They hate each other to the max and despite believing they dont they have a locus of identity which is outside themselves.
    Are you referring to Ireland or the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Well there's still the unsearched chamber under the Sphinx IIRC. Of course that's just one of the great mysteries of Egypt(at least according to the ever wise Moses - eh...I mean Charlton Heston). Of course UFOs built the Pyramids.

    But yeah Egyptology is certainly a fascinating field of historical study. Probably one of the first major areas that got me first interested in history.
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    Not unless giving random extra public holidays in Spring counts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    Are you referring to Ireland or the UK?

    Northern Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Northern Ireland.
    It's odd. I keep hearing advertisements on National Public Radio when I drive home from work about the "hard-working people of North Ireland" --what's this about? I'm not clear on what they're advertising. ...or why they say North Ireland rather than northern Ireland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    It's odd. I keep hearing advertisements on National Public Radio when I drive home from work about the "hard-working people of North Ireland" --what's this about? I'm not clear on what they're advertising. ...or why they say North Ireland rather than northern Ireland.
    They're advertising protestant labourers

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    Quote Originally Posted by reason View Post
    English people are ambivalent patriots. They're uncomfortable with overt displays of patriotism except in the context of sporting events. When English people are uncomfortable doing something, they dress it in ironic humour. For example, they'll often put a union jack on a Mini Cooper precisely because it's so diminutive; putting a similar union jack on an Aston Martin Vanquish, on the other hand, would probably be unacceptably pretentious. Symbols of English patriotism must also be used carefully because of associations with abhorrent political movements like the so-called British National Party.

    Americans don't have this problem. They are natural and earnest in their patriotism. However, that doesn't seem to entail a better grasp of history.
    The English never quite managed to overcome their embarrassment over Empire.
    The Scots have no such scruples and will fly the Saltire with no sense of irony whatsoever.
    Which, in itself, is a little ironic.

    I think a European education is likely to be more well-rounded in that we learn of the existence of countries/cultures/histories other than our own. Which is nice.
    Any thorough, unbiased study of history should be enough to disillusion the most fervent patriot.
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    I'm Israeli, most of the world celebrates some kind of account of our "history" one way or another :p

    personally? i'm just in it for the latkes.

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