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The power of popular myth

Reader comment on item: Weak Brits, Tough French

Submitted by Howard E. Cook (United States), Jul 13, 2005 at 04:23

"What lies behind these contrary responses?"
Could it be the power of popular myth?

La Chanson de Rolan, which pictures France as the saviour of Christendom from the meance of Islam, is deeply rooted in the French national culture and consciousness.

The British, by contrast, have inherited a guilty conscience over their nation's past role in global colonialism.

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