Nation of Shopkeepers


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Nation of Shopkeepers

name disdainfully given to Britain by Napoleon Bonaparte. [Fr. Hist.: Wheeler, 256]
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The remembrance of such a fact surely becomes a nation of shopkeepers. It was a blessing for a commerce-loving country to be overrun by such an army of customers: and to have such creditable warriors to feed.
Despite their commercial tricks, when that 'nation of shopkeepers' finally quit the subcontinent, their campaign to make the people dependent on tea had achieved only partial success.
NAPOLEON said that the British were a nation of shopkeepers; he could also add gardeners and dog lovers to that.
Forget about a nation of shopkeepers, we are a nation of private railways, and at this time of year they all come puffing out of hibernation at the head of a variety of Christmas specials.
We're famously known as a nation of shopkeepers. But retailers are more than just shops.
In Napoleon's day we were known as a nation of shopkeepers which I think we are becoming again instead of being proud to be known in later years as 'The Workshop of the World' and as regards Birmingham, 'The City of a Thousand Trades'.
We may no longer be a nation of shopkeepers, but huge numbers of our region's workforce are employed in retail outlets.
We need to grow industry, else we really will be a nation of shopkeepers, reliant on imports.
Which historical figure called the English "A nation of shopkeepers"?
I would refer Chris to the Napoleonic Wars when Napoleon described us as a "nation of shopkeepers" and instructed his allies and the countries he occupied not to deal with Britain.
RITAIN has turned from a nation of shopkeepers into a nation of drop seekers.