Fri 3 July 2009, The Independent

Book of the Week: Replenishing the Earth, By James Belich

By Stephen Howe
Politicians as well as historians have been debating the past and future of Britishness for some time, and few more assiduously than Gordon Brown. A few years back, he argued that "every central question about our national future... can only be fully answered if we are clear about what we value about being British". Future success, he urged, "depends upon us rediscovering from our history the shared values that bind us together and on us becoming more explicit about what we stand for as a nation".
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