hipsterjapan

hipsterjapan:

today I learned that England doesn’t teach the revolutionary war

Lol. This past spring I was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad at my university’s British campus. The entire student body (composed of roughly 200 Americans) is required as a whole to take a British Studies course in which we covered everything from the monolithic age up to the week before we left. We spent maybe two minutes in the entire semester on the American Revolution. While over here in the states it’s obviously a big thing because that was the beginning of our country, and arguably the beginning of modern democracy and we pride ourselves on that, across the pond it’s not considered much more than a small blip in the historical spectrum. They had a lot going on in the 18th century so there isn’t really time or reason to dwell on one rebellion— even if it did leave lasting changes that would affect and even benefit them later on (WW2? Yeah. You’re welcome. But I’m not gloating. Y’all rode it out as long as you could and I really don’t know if America could have born the same thing as long and certainly not as well. Sorry it took us so long. But you know how it is. Politics.). That being said, I think there is a certain degree of not wanting to talk about it out of, for lack of a better word, embarrassment. After all, the American Revolution was one of the first major events in The Great Decline (which is not a proper term labeling the beginning of the end of the British Empire, but I capitalized because MURICA YO). So there’s that. They try to act like they don’t care, they’ve moved on, they’re the mature older brother-like country. But really I think there is a sort of underlying sense of disappointment and sadness over the loss of that kind of grandeur. (Especially when you go to London and everywhere you look it’s staring you in the face) Even as an American, I can sympathize. We do seem to lately have an obsession with our country’s hypothetical eventual demise, after all.