Worth dying for

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Flags have been the visual representation of our hopes and our destinies. We wave them. Burn them. March under their colours. And still, in the 21st century, we die for them. Flags fly at the UN, they fly on the Arab street, they fly from front porches in Texas. They represent the politics of high power and the politics of the mob. The power of flags runs a lot deeper than we often realise. Many have hidden histories that still inform the present, representing what a nation thinks it is, or wants to be. The world is a confusing place right now and we need to understand the symbols, old and new, that people are rallying round. From the renewed sense of nationalism in China, to troubled identities in Europe and the US, to the carefully constructed flag of Islamic State, Tim Marshall unravels the past and present to provide insight into the symbols that continue to unite and divide us.

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When you see your nation’s flag fluttering in the breeze, what do you feel?

For thousands of years flags have represented our hopes and dreams. We wave them. Burn them. March under their colours. And still, in the 21st century, we die for them. Flags fly at the UN, on the Arab street, from front porches in Texas. They represent the politics of high power as well as the politics of the mob.

From the renewed sense of nationalism in China, to troubled identities in Europe and the USA, to the terrifying rise of Islamic State, the world is a confusing place right now and we need to understand the symbols, old and new, that people are rallying round.

In nine chapters (covering the USA, UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, international flags and flags of terror), Tim Marshall draws on more than twenty-five years of global reporting experience to reveal the histories, the power and the politics of the symbols that unite us – and divide us.

Additional information

Weight0.364 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 2.4 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

297 , 16 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition

Revised and updated edition

Dewey

306.2 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K