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

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William Roger Louis
I.B.Tauris, 2008 - History - 366 pages
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A rich and varied collection from leading scholars and writers, edited with skill and sensitivity by one of the greatest historians of empire. It provides a vivid vignette of modern cultural, literary, intellectual and political life. Penultimate Adventures with Britannia takes the reader on an engaging and fascinating journey through British society and its interaction with other cultures. It covers the cultural and literary themes but also the political, and while the collection does not shrink from conflict, there are always fascinating by-ways. 

The First World War is a massive theme but with glances behind the scenes, for example with Susan Pedersen's "Frances Stevenson" and Martin Gilbert's "Tolkien." The British Empire is enlivened with Bernard Porter's "The British Empire and British Culture" while Priaya Satia's "The Cultural Foundation of British Power in Iraq" brings in current international concerns, as do Geoffrey Wheatcroft's "The Partitions of India and Ireland" and Dane Kennedy's "The New American Empire." Literary and artistic themes are important and have political and historical relevance. These include Hilary Spurling's "Reassessing Paul Scott," Larry Carver on "Felix Topolski" and Martin Francis on "Cecil Beaton" while Felipe Fernandez Armesto’s original and stimulating essay "An Accidental Criminal" rounds off this remarkably rich and rewarding volume.

  

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Contents

Lloyd George the French and the Germans
17
The Story of Frances Stevenson and David Lloyd George
33
Kipling in South Africa
53
Tolkien in the First World War
67
Arthur Marder and the Battles for British Naval History
93
Cecil Beatons Wartime Art
109
England and India 19391945
125
Reassessing Paul Scott
141
Decline as a Weapon in Cultural Politics
201
A Glance Back at Fifty Years in the British Book Trade
215
The Controversial Portraits of Feliks Topolski
229
All Souls and Suez
245
Britannias Man Mau
259
Empire in the TwentyFirstCentury English Imagination
275
The BreakUp of Britain? Scotland and the
289
Placing American Empire in a British Imperial
303

The Myth of Malicious Partition
153
A Great Englishman
169
C Wright Mills in England
185
An Accidental Criminal
317
British Studies at the University of Texas 19752007
325
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Wm. Roger Louis is Kerr Professor of English History and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin and Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford. His books include Imperialism at Bay, The British Empire in the Middle East and, most recently, Ends of British Imperialism (I.B.Tauris). He is Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford History of the British Empire.

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