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Irrepressible Adventures with Britannia: Personalitites, Politics and Culture in Britain

Irrepressible Adventures with Britannia: Personalitites, Politics and Culture in Britain
William Roger Louis

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Irrepressible 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, journalists, 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. Including a comparison of A.J.P. Taylor and Hugh Trevor-Roper by Adam Sisman, a new appraisal of Prince Albert by Rosemary Hill, an assessment of Keats by Ferdinand Mount and a Diamond Jubilee portrait of Elizabeth II by Max Hastings, this book provides a rich mix of original ideas, historical and literary allusion, personality and anecdote, which together provide an intellectual adventure into the mainsprings of modern British and international society.

Table of Contents

Wm Roger Louis

Prince Albert
Rosemary Hill

One Man’s Raj
John Spurling

The Economist
Aram Bakshian, Jr.

Editing the English Historical Review
Georg Bernard

Michael Roberts and the BBC
Andrew Roberts

David Astor and the Observer
Jeremy Lewis

John Keats
Ferdinand Mount

Anthony Trollope
Albert J. Beveridge III

Readers, Writers, and Reputations
Philip Waller

Robert Graves’ War Poems
Tom Palaima

Bloomsbury Reassessed
Paul Levy

Carrington Revisited
Anne Chisholm

Edmund Gosse and J.R. Ackerley
Steven Isenberg

Brian Urquhart

Ivy Compton-Burnett
Richard Davenport-Hines

Dan Jacobson
Geoffrey V. Davis

The World of Sherlock Holmes
David L. Leal

Christopher Benfey

Harry Potter
Susan Napier

The Black Hole of Calcutta
David Washbrook

Britain and Japan
Sheldon Garon

The Breakup of Britain
Linda Colley

A. J. P. Taylor and Hugh Trevor-Roper
Adam Sisman

Margaret Thatcher’s Impact on Historical Writing
Brian Harrison

Tony Benn
Jad Adams

Lady Thatcher
Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Elizabeth II
Max Hastings

Author Info

Wm. Roger Louis is Kerr Professor of English History and Culture and Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, USA. 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 an in 2013 he was awarded the Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature.


'fresh and, more than that, stimulating... One of the great benefits of this series is that it turns up subjects from British cultural history that are under-appreciated and encourages one to explore them further.'
Simon Heffer, Literary Review

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780767987
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2013
Number of Pages: 352
Height: 234
Width: 156

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