Burnt Orange Britannia: Adventures in History and the Arts

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William Roger Louis
I.B.Tauris, Sep 3, 2006 - Education - 952 pages
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How did great academics come to love their subjects? How do they see their roles as educators? In this series of beautifully crafted autobiographies, Burnt Orange Britannia illuminates the forces that drive some of America's brightest minds. Through personal stories of remarkable ambition, resilience and achievement, top historians of the British experience at the University of Texas reflect on their careers, students, and the sweeping changes in academic life that have changed the face of university education in the last fifty years. Burnt Orange Britannia is a candid and absorbing insight into life in the academic fast-stream, that will appeal to all those with an interest in history and the methods and philosophy of its teaching.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
This I Can Remember
17
Reflections on an Astronomical Life
36
From Texas to the White House
50
Much Ado about Oil
69
Encounters with Imperialism
85
Crossing Geographical and Cultural Borders and
97
The Foreign Service Third World
113
The Journey and the Quest
480
A Determined Life in Our Times
496
Jesuits Lawyers and Witches
514
My Life as a SelfConsuming
528
My Own Velvet Revolution
544
Being an
560
A University of Texas
571
A Catholic Catholic Upbringing
582

The President Wants to See You
126
My Life and Not So Hard Times
146
Life without British Studies Is Like
169
Beating a Path from Brooklyn to Austin
180
West Texas to South India
196
Half a Century Is Not Enough
212
An Accidental Publisher
229
A Fractured
244
Out of the Swing of the Sea
266
Hinges of Fate
285
The Making of an Anglophile
304
Growing up Bilingual and Other MisAdventures
319
Memories of a Past Still Sweet
330
The Four Lives of Robert Osborn
346
Past ImperfectOr Frightening the Horses
360
A Journey through Academe
377
Looking Back at Some Turns in the Road
390
Growing Up in Nazi Germany and Other Adventures
404
Starting Out in the Sixties
420
A Line at a Time
433
Money Power Politics and Ambition
449
Friendly Persuasion in the Academy
462
Footprints of the Ancestors
608
TwentySix Views
624
Confessions of a Sanskritist Dean
636
From Boston to Austin Via the Road to Mandalay
650
On Finding My Voice in India
666
A Journey in the Study of Politics
680
Freed Slaves on a Tobacco
692
Should I Have Stayed at Home and Thought of Here?
704
British Romanticism and a Personal Paradox
718
Living in Two Worlds
732
Act One
747
Texas Politics English Literature British History
760
Crossing against the Lights
772
Desert Dreaming
787
Public and Private Spheres
801
From the New England Woods to Global Affairs
814
Teaching Literature and Acting
828
History and Music in Counterpoint
854
My Homosexual Agenda
867
Whats in a Name?
883
Enough about Me
897
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About the author (2006)

Wm. Roger Louis is Kerr Professor of English History and Culture at the University of Texas, Austin, and a Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford. His books include Imperialism at Bay and The British Empire in the Middle East. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford History of the British Empire.

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