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Unknown Warriors

Would Brexit have ever happened if we weren't an island? The idea of European unity is very appealing if, for centuries, your country has been invaded and re-invaded, as happened to most states in mainland Europe over the course of their history. In contrast, foreign occupation (as opposed to setttlement) has been a rarity in Britain, encouraging the popular (but wrong-headed) notion that WW2 in particular fostered, namely that 'we can stand alone'. It's a good example of a lesson from history being applied simplistically and unhistorically.

Mull on this when you listen to Mark Connelly's compelling take on memory and the Great War. in Ep 10 of unknownwarriorspod.co.uk.


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