BBC Radio 4 „In our Time“: John Bull

Logo BBC bei Wikimedia Commons„Melvyn Bragg and guests dis­cuss the ori­gin of this per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of the Eng­lish every­man and his devel­op­ment as both British and Britain in the fol­low­ing cen­turies.
He first appeared along with Lewis Baboon (French) and Nicholas Frog (Dutch) in 1712 in a pam­phlet that satirised the fund­ing of the War of the Span­ish Suc­ces­sion. The author was John Arbuth­not (1667–1735), a Scot­tish doc­tor and satirist who was part of the cir­cle of Swift and Pope, and his John Bull was the Eng­lish vot­er, over­whelmed by tax­es that went not so much into the war itself but into the pock­ets of its financiers. For the next two cen­turies, Arbuthnot’s John Bull was a gift for car­toon­ists and satirists, espe­cial­ly when they want­ed to ridicule British gov­ern­ments for tak­ing advan­tage of the people’s patri­o­tism.
With Judith Haw­ley (Pro­fes­sor of 18th Cen­tu­ry Lit­er­a­ture at Roy­al Hol­loway, Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don), Miles Tay­lor (Pro­fes­sor of British His­to­ry and Soci­ety at Hum­boldt, Uni­ver­si­ty of Berlin), and Mark Knights (Pro­fes­sor of His­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of War­wick).“

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