Fascinating excerpts from a mid-nineteenth Century British geography textbook over at A Fistful of Euro’s.

How about these supposed national characteristics to whet your appetite

In Italy there are 17 millions Italians, who are ‘discreet and polite people but extremely effeminate’.

or this on the Welsh

‘Brave and hospitable but inclined to be hasty in their temper and priding themselves extravagantly on their pedigrees and families’

Have a look for yourself. There’s a sweeping generalisation for most of the bigger European nations.