Britain has its first Yugoslav moment

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English fans sing the national anthem before the start of the match France - England for the Six Nations Tournament, played in Stade de France, St. Denis, France, March 12, 2006.

The English debate on a national anthem is divisive; that is not uncommon for national symbol debates


Wednesday, January 13th was a day that is not going to be remembered as particularly important if the Brexit referendum does not yield an exit result and Scotland does not decide on a second “in-or-out” referendum. But, if the U.K comes apart, it will be as good a date as any to begin the story of how English nationalism surged in reaction to emerging peripheral nationalisms, spelling doom for the idea of the United Kingdom.

“God save the Queen” is not an anthem, but it is well-known,...


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