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 offers 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 century. Though he was the savior of modern Britain, Churchill was a creature of the

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With In Churchill's Shadow, David Cannadine offers 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 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. And though he has gone down in history for his defiant orations during the crisis of World War II, Cannadine shows that for most of his career Churchill's love of rhetoric was his own worst enemy.
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.

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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

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

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