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The British

Character, Psychology and Destiny

Walter Johannes Stein Foreword by T. H. Meyer and A.P. Shepherd

66 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Temple Lodge Press




  • “This book is a tribute to [Stein's] appreciation of the land of his adoption, and to those who knew him it is a monument to his penetrative powers of spiritual perception.” —A. P. Shepherd

At a time when British identity is being reassessed and questioned, W. J. Stein's classic and timeless study, with its penetrative analysis of the character, psychology, and destiny of the British people, assumes new relevance. Stein, a political refugee from Austria, spent his final twenty-four years of life in Britain. As an outsider, he was able to view British custom and culture with objectivity and fresh perspective. As a student of Rudolf Steiner, he brought years of spiritual study and wisdom to writing this book, offering profound insights.

In this concise, aphoristic study, Stein writes about everything from geography, history, politics, and economics to religion and the arts, especially painting and music. He also reflects on the British concept of freedom, as well as Great Britain's somewhat mysterious propensity to extend itself—as well as its language and culture—around the world.

  • "Amidst the international turmoil of today, the Delphic word can be heard to resound from all sides in its metamorphosed form: ‘Know yourselves as folk-souls!’ Stein's little book is an invaluable contribution to such super-individual self-knowledge." —T. H. Meyer

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