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Sir Arthur Bryant and National History in Twentieth-Century Britain

Sir Arthur Bryant and National History in Twentieth-Century Britain

by Julia Stapleton
     
 

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Stapleton (politics, U. of Durham, England) places information from more intimate accounts of British historian Bryant (1899-1985), as well as from primary research, in the larger context of his times, and in a historical perspective that she finds to have become clearer since his death. She argues that he was one of the stalwarts trying to rekindle national pride

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Stapleton (politics, U. of Durham, England) places information from more intimate accounts of British historian Bryant (1899-1985), as well as from primary research, in the larger context of his times, and in a historical perspective that she finds to have become clearer since his death. She argues that he was one of the stalwarts trying to rekindle national pride during the decline after World War II, and that he believed the emotional warmth he expressed towards his country and its empire was the key to his success because it offered readers not so much an exercise in escapism as the opportunity to become key players in a continuing national saga. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education Supplement
In her brilliant, richly textured, ably supported, and continually judicious study of Bryant's career and intellectual development, Julia Stapleton reveals him as a complex figure who sought to represent and sustain an inherent patriotism. . . . Stapleton's important study offers much to those interested in intellectual history and historiography. It is a considerable achievement and one of the most interesting books I have read for some time.
— Jeremy Black, Exeter University
Times Literary Supplement
Sir Arthur Bryant is nowadays a largely forgotten figure. Julia Stapleton's new study, based on his papers at King's College London, and other archival materials, undertakes to situate Bryant in the wider context of the melancholy fate of 'Englishness' in British national history in the course of his life.… Stapleton's account of his life is both balanced and considerate, particularly her persuasive rebuttal of charges that he was a keen Nazi sympathizer in the 1930s, his views at the time being less pro-Hitler than reflective of a historian's convictions about how best to engage a German people who had been unjustly humiliated by an undercurrent of loss perhaps inescapable in a tale cast against a background imagery of decline and fall.
— George Feaver
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
This is a thoroughly researched, clearly written study of the attitudes and influence of Sir Arthur Bryant...Julia Stapleton does not offer a full biography of Bryant, but thoughtfully explores Bryant's efforts to "revive the role of 'national historian'...." Stapleton succeeds admirably, showing how Bryant projected romantic conservative views on the past, often to great popular approval, but not always as a partisan of the Tory Party.
(H-Soz-U-Kult) H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Stapleton does an excellent job in presenting a highly complex individual. Bryant emerges as a very English Tory, who did not really fit into the Conservative Party any more after 1945.
Peter Mandler
Arthur Bryant was not the kind of person most people approve of today—an English Tory patriot, writer of romantic 'middlebrow' histories, an appeaser who thought the intellectuals were too hard on Hitler. But the history of the twentieth century cannot be written properly without taking account of people like him, and the thousands of readers who believed what he wrote. Julia Stapleton tells his story with care and grace and insight. She illuminates the range of moral and political dilemmas that Bryant had to face and which were not then as simple as they may now appear with hindsight. A troubling and often moving book.
(H-Soz-U-Kult) H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Stapleton does an excellent job in presenting a highly complex individual. Bryant emerges as a very English Tory, who did not really fit into the Conservative Party any more after 1945.
Times Higher Education - Jeremy Black
In her brilliant, richly textured, ably supported, and continually judicious study of Bryant's career and intellectual development, Julia Stapleton reveals him as a complex figure who sought to represent and sustain an inherent patriotism. . . . Stapleton's important study offers much to those interested in intellectual history and historiography. It is a considerable achievement and one of the most interesting books I have read for some time.
Times Literary Supplement - George Feaver
Sir Arthur Bryant is nowadays a largely forgotten figure. Julia Stapleton's new study, based on his papers at King's College London, and other archival materials, undertakes to situate Bryant in the wider context of the melancholy fate of 'Englishness' in British national history in the course of his life.… Stapleton's account of his life is both balanced and considerate, particularly her persuasive rebuttal of charges that he was a keen Nazi sympathizer in the 1930s, his views at the time being less pro-Hitler than reflective of a historian's convictions about how best to engage a German people who had been unjustly humiliated by an undercurrent of loss perhaps inescapable in a tale cast against a background imagery of decline and fall.
The Social Affairs Unit
Stapleton's careful study of Bryant's career, thought, books and journalism is not a biography: we learn next to nothing about Bryant's personal life; but for thoughtful readers its focus is more valuable as a result, as we are able to study the travails of romantic Tory nationalism through one of its foremost exponents.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
This is a thoroughly researched, clearly written study of the attitudes and influence of Sir Arthur Bryant...Julia Stapleton does not offer a full biography of Bryant, but thoughtfully explores Bryant's efforts to "revive the role of 'national historian'...." Stapleton succeeds admirably, showing how Bryant projected romantic conservative views on the past, often to great popular approval, but not always as a partisan of the Tory Party.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739117989
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.98(d)

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Julia Stapleton is senior lecturer in politics at the University of Durham.

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