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, and alm...


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