In Churchill's Shadow: Confronting the Past in Modern Britain

In Churchill's Shadow: Confronting the Past in Modern Britain

by David Cannadine
     
 

ISBN-10: 019517156X

ISBN-13: 9780195171563

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

With In Churchill's Shadow, David Cannadine looks at the contradictions of Britain's twentieth-century hero and of its twentieth-century history. Here is an intriguing look at ways in which perceptions of a glorious past have continued to haunt the British present, often crushing efforts to shake them off. The book centers on Churchill, a titanic figure whose

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With In Churchill's Shadow, David Cannadine looks at the contradictions of Britain's twentieth-century hero and of its twentieth-century history. Here is an intriguing look at ways in which perceptions of a glorious past have continued to haunt the British present, often crushing efforts to shake them off. The book centers on Churchill, a titanic figure whose influence spanned the twentieth century. Though he was the savior of modern Britain, Churchill was a creature of the Victorian age. Though he proclaimed he had not become Prime Minister to "preside over the liquidation of the British Empire," in effect he was doomed to do just that. Cannadine turns an equally insightful gaze on the institutions and individuals that embodied the image of Britain in this period: Gilbert & Sullivan, Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, the National Trust, and the Palace of Westminster itself, the home and symbol of Britain's parliamentary government. This superb volume offers a wry, sympathetic, yet penetrating look at how national identity evolved in the era of the waning of an empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195171563
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Part 1Churchill in His World
1.Parliament: The Palace of Westminster as the Palace of Varieties3
2.Statecraft: The Haunting Fear of National Decline26
3.Thrones: Churchill and Monarchy in Britain and Beyond45
4.Language: Churchill as the Voice of Destiny85
Part 2Politics in Diverse Modes
5.Locality: The 'Chamberlain Tradition' and Birmingham117
6.Piety: Josiah Wedgwood and the History of Parliament134
7.Emollience: Stanley Baldwin and Francis Brett Young159
8.Diplomacy: G. M. Trevelyan and R. B. Merriman186
Part 3Vanishing Supremacies?
9.Tradition: Gilbert and Sullivan as a 'National Institution'205
10.Conservation: The National Trust and the National Heritage224
11.Sentiment: Noel Coward's Patriotic Ardour244
12.Fantasy: Ian Fleming and the Realities of Escapism279
Acknowledgements312
A Note on Sources313
List of Abbreviations314
Notes316
Index370

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