England and the English from An American Point of View

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WHO ARE THE ENGLISH?

IF this question: Who are the English? were asked, either of the average Englishman, or of the average American visitor to England, the answer would probably be both inaccurate and confusing. The average Englishman knows little of the origins of his race, and is not of the mental make-up that sets much store by such matters in any case; and the American pays little heed to anything except to what comes directly under his notice as he travels about to and from London as his centre.

London itself is a city of some seven million six hundred odd thousand inhabitants. It is a small nation in itself. The total population of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is only 43.660,000 ( 1906). But London is not England. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is not England, with its total area of of 121,000 square miles. No, what the world knows as England is the British Empire,

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