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Egon [Mehr] [weniger of the British : the master of honest dishonesty

In his "cultural history of the modern era," from 1927, Egon [Mehr] [weniger used in his sections on the Elizabethan England, the peculiar word "cant". No,

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Egon [Mehr] [weniger of the British : the master of honest dishonesty

In his "cultural history of the modern era," from 1927, Egon [Mehr] [weniger used in his sections on the Elizabethan England, the peculiar word "cant". No, he had not made a mistake in the vocal, but that is one character trait that he brings with the rise of England to world power in connection. The "cant" in the case of Elizabeth I, he writes, was "already to the age of mastery developed, the property, for which no other language has an apt word, because no other people possesses anything that corresponds to it. What cant‘? It's not‘ hypocrisy ' is hypocrisy‘ or the like, but something much more Complicated.“

For [Mehr] [weniger it is the Talent, "all for to hold good and true, which brings a practical advantage. If the English is a little uncomfortable, so he decides (in his subconscious, of course) to explain it to sin or untruth. He has the strange ability to be not just against others but also against themselves, perfidious, and he confirmed this ability with the best of intentions, of course, because he is acting in the exercise of the instinct. ,Cant‘ is something that could ,honest hypocrisy‘, or ,the gift of himself to fool‘.“

lawyers, priests, and politicians with "cant"

It is the term to the Latin "cantare". The great Etymologists, Walter William Skeat, he referred to a ans Whimper border, plaintive Sington. "Cant" comes from the Milieu of beggars and small-time gangster, is used for the profit generation by List and is suitable for Over-the-ear cut. In any case, cant is "connected" with a lack of seriousness.

England's flagship poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron founded their friendship to the scorn of the "cant" and expanded the group of those to whom this Talent has been attributed to the state-of-the lawyers and priests, so to the Support of the society. Only the politicians are missing. With this in mind, the image of Margaret Thatcher squeezes through the gaps in memory, from the sanctimonious manner in which you, coiffiert flawless, her lips with the tongue is moistened, to bring educational messages unctuous to a man and a woman.

[Mehr] [weniger used in his Text, the word "perfidious", without the designation of "Perfidious Albion". He was too wise to make use of this Wilhelminian clichés, particularly from 1933 on an upswing. Albion, the encyclopedias say, may be of Celtic origin, the Romans said to have invented it, as the troops passed in the conquest of the island of the white cliffs of the English South coast. "La perfidious Albion", however, is the creation of the Marquis de Ximenez of 1793, characterized so often as a sneaky, described the foreign policy of England should have over the centuries on several occasions of illegal methods to defeat France.

Not typical English, but human

in recent years, the talk of "perfidious Albion was more often", in connection with discussions of national identity, the European Union was as a replacement for an outmoded nationalism that seemed to thrive, especially in Germany, and especially against England directed.

Friedells a history of the English soul comes just at the right time, because "cant" free the word "Albion" from the Haut gout of the Perfidious. Inevitably, namely, the reader must come to the conclusion that "cant" nothing is typical English, but a human-all-too-human behavior pattern analysis aptly.

we assume that the British were currently nothing more than another agile advance. In any case, you present to the world public opinion the image of a highly vibrant Parliament, for whose members it is impossible to pass each other to watch or not to appear. Of a Parliament, in which it is permitted, with a "mixture of unbridled Urmenschentum and modern Engländertum" ([Mehr] [weniger) how Renaissance people perform.

search for the "light on the other side"

Shakespeare, Elisabeth anise was cher person, as well as the philosopher, scientist, Lawyer and politician Francis Bacon. In him [Mehr] [weniger saw those type of designed that should be expressed only later, not only of the sworn Anglophiles devotedly imitates, and whose talents "cant" light years to surpass: "the cool, upper the fact sense; a Gentleman, scholar, and world traveler in one Person, in one Hand the compass-informed, far-sighted Englishman, with his passionate positivism, his practical genius, and his healthy mix of consistency and adaptability, his world, and in the other the 'Times'."

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Egon Friedells cultural history whose subtitle is "the crisis of The European soul", includes the time from 16. Century to the First world war. In order to escape the Chaos, it against the end of the font, you have to go in the future, in search of the "light on the other side". Without a doubt, [Mehr] [weniger would have described this search shiny, he would have jumped in 1938 to escape the Nazis in the death.

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