Effervescent Adventures with Britannia: Personalities, Politics and Culture in Britain

Effervescent Adventures with Britannia: Personalities, Politics and Culture in Britain

by Roger Louis (Editor)


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Effervescent Adventures with Britannia is the latest addition to Wm Roger Louis's stimulating and acclaimed series, Adventures with Britannia. It draws upon a distinguished array of writers and scholars - historians, political scientists, jourbanalists, novelists, biographers and English literature specialists - to guide the reader through a fascinating labyrinth of British culture, history and politics. Together, they provide a unique insight into the pivotal themes - political, literary and cultural - which have shaped British state and society. The subjects covered include a new analysis of Jack the Ripper by Richard Davenport-Hines, a new appraisal of Harold Nicholson and Royal Biography by Jane Ridley and a new account of Evelyn Waugh in North America by Martin Stannard. In literature, Patrick French writes on V.S. Naipul; in history Andrew Lownie offers new perspectives on Guy Burgess and in politics Kenneth O. Morgan considers what will become of Britain after Brexit. Collectively, the chapters combine a rich mix of original ideas, historical and literary allusion, personality and anecdote, to provide an intellectual adventure into the mainsprings of modern British and international society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788311861
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: Adventures with Britannia
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.27(w) x 8.87(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Wm. Roger Louis is Kerr Professor of English History and Culture and Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an Honorary Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford. His books include Imperialism at Bay (1976) The British Empire in the Middle East (1984), and Ends of British Imperialism (2006). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford History of the British Empire. In 2001 he was President of the American Historical Association and in 2013 he was awarded the Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature.

Table of Contents

List of Authors ix

Introduction Wm. Roger Louis 1

1 Jack the Ripper Richard Davenport-Hines 15

2 George Bernard Shaw and Physical Culture John D. Fair 27

3 Evelyn Waugh in North America Martin Stannard 41

4 V.s.Naipaul and the British Tradition of Biography Patrick French 57

5 Where Shall We Adventure? Hayao Miyazaki meets Robert Louis Stevenson Susan Napier 71

6 Newer Images of Women and Men in the Interwar Decades Reba Soffer 83

7 Encyclopaedia Britannica Joseph Epstein 97

8 Current American and British Newspapers Boisfeuillet Jones, Jr 105

9 The Anglo-American Special Relationship in Intelligence John Prados 123

10 The Quest for Stalin's Englishman: Guy Burgess Andrew Lownie 137

11 John Banville's The Untouchable Steven Isenberg 151

12 All Souls College S.J.D. Green 161

13 Guglielmo Marconi and England Paul Kennedy 177

14 Harold Nicolson and Royal Biography Jane Ridley 183

15 Keeping an Eye on the Present: Whig History of Science Steven Weinberg 199

16 Re-illustrating the History of the British Empire Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes 209

17 Britain Is Your Friend: Propaganda during the Second World War Rosemary Hill 223

18 Ernest Bevin and Palestine: Bevingrads and Demonologies Wm. Roger Louis 231

19 Britain's Egyptian Allies and the Suez Crisis Barnaby Crowcroft 247

20 Limitless Violence in Palestine Caroline Elkins 261

21 Rudyard Kipling and Mrs. Ewing Michael Holroyd 275

22 The British Empire: Ramshackle or Rampaging John M. Mackenzie 281

23 The Falklands Conflict: A Worm's-Eye View Sarah Beaver 295

24 How to "Fix a War: Tony Blair and Iraq Geoffrey Wheatcroft 311

25 Seeking a Role: Britain after Brexit Kenneth O. Morgan 323

26 British Studies at the University of Texas, 1975-2017 339

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