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Customs and Traditions in Britain by Stephen Rabley

By Stephen Rabley

Традиционные чаепития и разговоры о погоде, День Гая Фокса, Boxing Day, First Footing, и т.д... В Великобритании полно разнообразных традиций - от смешных до странных. Откуда они взялись?
From Scotland to Cornwall, Britain is filled with customs and traditions. loads of them have very lengthy histories. a few are humorous and a few are unusual. yet they're all interesting.
Some British cusoms and traditions are recognized world wide. Bowler hats, ingesting tea and conversing concerning the climate, for instance. yet who was once man Fawkes? Is the Queen the single individual in Britain with birthdays? This publication on British customs and tradtions will inform you.

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Moreover, telling your own story as an episode in the saga of English con- 32 Radical Expression stitutional liberty afforded the best chance that the jury and the world "will feel your value" as a citizen. To acquit was to reconfirm the story of the ancient constitution and to recall to memory the refounding moment of the seventeenth century. I The dilemma of how to tell the tale, of how to "make the best story you can for yourself," remained poignantly relevant to British popular radicals. From the 1790s through the Chartist years, radicals faced legal restrictions on the use of political language, on methods of mobilization, and on forms of association.

The seventeenth century looms large in this view: when common-law lawyers took center stage in the political dramas of the era and when battle lines were drawn between the jurisdiction of the common law and that of the prerogative courts of the king. The triumph of common law over the Crown's prerogative courts was seen as marking a seminal moment in securing the liberty of the nation and its people against the ambitions of tyrannical government. 4 At a more subtle level, the language of politics drew heavily on law.

83 Demands for equal social and political rights for women were usually grounded on strictly rationalist premises. "84 In the 1820s, it was the Carlileites who championed feminist principles. As Barbara Taylor demonstrates, in the 1830s and 1840s there was a close connection between demands for gender equality and the vision of a rationally ordered, noncompetitive new moral world. 86 Moreover, the virtues of manly independence were among the key terms of constitutionalist reference; the constitutionalist notion of citizenship was predominately male; and women usually spoke not as citizens, but as mothers, wives, and guardians of family and community values.

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