• African history
      September 2018

      Protection, Patronage, or Plunder? British Machinations and (B)uganda’s Struggle for Independence

      by Author(s): Apollo N. Makubuya

      In the scramble for Africa, Britain took a lion’s share of the continent. It occupied and controlled vast territories, including the Uganda Protectorate – which it ruled for 68 years. Early administrators in the region encountered the progressive kingdom of Buganda, which they incorporated into the British Empire. Under the guise of protection, indirect rule and patronage, Britain overran, plundered and disempowered the kingdom’s traditional institutions. On liquidation of the Empire, Buganda was coaxed into a problematic political order largely dictated from London. Today, 56 years after independence, the kingdom struggles to rediscover itself within Uganda’s fragile politics. Based on newly de-classified records, this book reconstructs a history of the machinations underpinning British imperial interests in (B)Uganda and the personalities who embodied colonial rule. It addresses Anglo-Uganda relations, demonstrating how Uganda’s politics reflects its colonial past, and the forces shaping its future. It is a far-reaching examination of British rule in (B)uganda, questioning whether it was designed for protection, for patronage or for plunder.

    • History
      October 2019

      The Economy of Medieval Wales, 1067-1536

      by Matthew Frank Stevens

      This book surveys the economy of Wales from Norman invasion to Anglo-Welsh union. Key themes include the evolution of the agrarian economy; the growth of towns; the adoption of a money economy; English colonization; the collapse of native Welsh social structures and the rise of economic individualism; the disastrous effect of the Glyndŵr rebellion; and alignment with the English economy.

    • History
      May 2019

      Freedom Music

      Wales, Emancipation and Jazz 1850-1950

      by Jen Wilson

      This book traces the story of how early African American and jazz music came to Wales. From Abolitionist collaborations, minstrelsy, ‘weird slave songs’, ragtime, blues, hot music and swing, the story unfolds through women’s emancipation and gender politics, social history and the heritage and culture of Wales.

    • Travel writing
      October 2018

      Images of Irishness in Nineteenth-Century Travel Literature

      by Author(s): Dimitrios Kassis

      Since its annexation to the British Crown, Ireland has never ceased in forming the subject of an ardent national debate in Great Britain which resulted in the demonisation of the Celtic race as subaltern and backward. In its effort to forge a national identity, the British Empire adopted several collective identities on the basis of the racial and cultural findings of the 1850s which gave a new impetus to the systematic view of England as a typically Anglo-Saxon culture, staunchly opposed to the alleged Celtic backwardness and the rebellious spirit of the Irish. In view of the rising anti-Irish wave of sentiment in the British imperialist imagination, Irish nationalism was manifest through a series of uprisings, the majority of which sought to link the country to its ancient Celtic heritage. The Celticist movements of Young Ireland and the Irish Revival revealed the need of Irish Nationalists to acquire a new, collective identity, which proved to be a strenuous task, given the complex historical and ethnic background of the Irish.This book investigates the extent to which Irish identity is affected by the racist and nationalist discourses of the nineteenth century which emerged to either defend or oppose the image of Ireland as a cultural construct. The travelogues explored here include some of the most fundamental representations of Ireland by prominent Irish and British travel writers, whose impressions of the island might be linked to the utopian and dystopian dimensions of the country.

    • Theatre studies
      June 2014

      The Disappointed Bridge

      Ireland and the Post-Colonial World

      by Author(s): Richard Pine

      This original study is the first major critical appraisal of Ireland’s post-colonial experience in relation to that of other emergent nations. The parallels between Ireland, India, Latin America, Africa and Europe establish bridges in literary and musical contexts which offer a unique insight into independence and freedom, and the ways in which they are articulated by emergent nations. They explore the master-servant relationship, the functions of narrative, and the concepts of nationalism, map-making, exile, schizophrenia, hybridity, magical realism and disillusion. The author offers many incisive answers to the question: What happens to an emerging nation after it has emerged?

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      October 2019

      Cardiganshire County History Volume 2

      Medieval and Early Modern Cardiganshire

      by G.H. Jenkins, Richard Suggett, Eryn M. White

      Cardiganshire County History Volume 2 provides a comprehensive and authoritative account, written by distinguished authors in fifteen chapters, of the wide range of social, economic, political, religious and cultural forces that shaped the ethos and character of the county of Cardiganshire over a period of 600 years.

    • Residential buildings, domestic buildings
      July 2017

      THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ROYAL BRITAIN

      A magnificent study of Britain

      by Charles Phillips

      Explore the history of the British Isles in this celebration of its monarchs, and the development of its fine architectural legacy. The first half is a magnificent illustrated history of Britain's kings and queens, including such internationally recognized characters as Henry VIII and Elizabeth II. The second part focuses on many fascinating historic sites in Britain and Ireland, including Tintagel, Windsor and Chatsworth. From castles to kings, from stately houses to statesmen and nobles, the legacy of Britain's past is an intrinsic part of the country today. This expert and comprehensive guide to British royalty and architecture will delight and inform every reader. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Architecture

      CASTLES, PALACES & STATELY HOUSES OF BRITAIN & IRELAND

      Britain's magnificent architectural, cultural and historical heritage is celebrated, with 120 entries and 500 fine art paintings and photographs

      by Charles Phillips; Professor Richard G.Wilson FRHistS

      This sumptuously illustrated history is an authoritative guide to the castles, royal residences and historic houses of Britain and Northern Ireland. It combines an in-depth account of the most important buildings with a wealth of stories and information about Britain s glorious architectural past and heritage, including Burghley House, Longleat,Windsor Castle and Balmoral. Special features focus on important art and architectural movements and on the great architects including Wren, Adam,Wyatt and Lutyens. More than 500 photographs and specially commissioned maps, plans and drawings bring these national treasures vividly to life. A truly impressive reference to the historic buildings of the United Kingdom the castles, royal palaces, stately homes, fortified manors and the great country houses. An A-Z gazetteer with contact details plus over 50 maps help you explore Britain s architectural legacy. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Residential buildings, domestic buildings
      June 2013

      THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ROYAL BRITAIN

      A magnificent study of BritainÔøΩs royal heritage with a directory of royalty and over 120 of the most important historic buildings

      by Charles Phillips

      This celebration of British royalty and architecture will delight and inform every reader. The book opens with a magnificent illustrated history of the kings and queens of Britain, giving lives of every monarch, plus accounts of the Princes in the Tower, the Abdication Crisis, and challenges faced by the modern Royal Family. The second half focuses on some of the most dramatic historic sites in Britain and Ireland. Explore the Norman castles, the royal palace of Hampton Court, and the masterpieces of Chatsworth and Castle Howard. The important legacy of Britain s past her kings and queens, castles and palaces is fully explained in this fascinating book. THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ROYAL BRITAIN A magnificent study of Britain s royal heritage with a directory of royalty and over 120 of the most important historic buildings Charles Phillips Consultants: Dr John Haywood FRHistS and Professor Richard G.Wilson FRHistS CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • British & Irish history
      June 2017

      THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE KINGS & QUEENS OF BRITAIN

      A magnificent and authoritative history of the royalty of Britain, the rulers, their consorts and families and the pretenders to the throne

      by Charles Phillips

      This lavishly illustrated volume charts the complete history of the royal families of Britain. It describes the lives of the kings and queens, their consorts and children, and the usurpers, pretenders and regents who played a role in the making of the United Kingdom. Special features reveal the lives of the Tudors; the trial of Charles I; and the growth of the British Empire in the Age of Victoria. The role of the Queen as head of The Firm , and of Prince William and Kate, are also discussed. This is a reference book to absorb, entertain and fascinate every reader interested in the history of the British monarchy. The most comprehensive visual encyclopedia of every king and queen of Britain, from Saxon king Egbert through the Tudors and Stuarts to Victoria and today. Special feature boxes highlight the major events of each reign, and lists of royal houses and detailed family trees trace the royal line of succession. Over 500 fine art paintings, sculptures, engravings, artefacts, photographs, maps and illustrations reveal the heritage and pageantry of royal Britain. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies
      October 2006

      The Brief and Turbulent Life of Modernising Conservatism

      by Author(s): Stuart Mitchell

      The Brief and Turbulent Life of Modernising Conservatism is an examination of government tensions and frustrations during a time of economic and social flux. It concentrates on the development of domestic industrial policy in the Conservative Party between 1945 and 1964, with particular emphasis on Harold Macmillan’s and Sir Alec Douglas-Home’s administrations. Between the general elections of 1959 and 1964, the Conservative Government effected a series of striking and dangerously controversial policy transformations in response to its recognition of Britain’s relative economic decline. These adjustments were both practical and strategic. The administration’s aim was extraordinarily ambitious. It sought to fashion a recognisably modern and dynamic, yet socially stable, nation that could retain its place in the international élite. Thereby, the Party hoped to ensure its own continuation in power. The author considers policy innovations that included an ill-starred attempt to join the European Community, the development of macro-economic planning, and the abolition of resale price maintenance–an exploit which roused the Tory Party to unusual heights of passion. The book does not simply regurgitate an orthodox high political narrative. Instead, it investigates topics of interest to modern historians and political scientists alike. It will be of value to anyone interested in questions of modern political ideology, social and economic change, the nature of popular political support, or the constraints on state power in the post-war world.

    • Education
      December 2015

      For God and Country

      Butler's 1944 Education Act

      by Author(s): Elizabeth "Libi" Sundermann

      This postsecular study on Conservative and Christian thinkers’ intellectual ferment leading to England’s 1944 Education Act examines how politicians and educationalists promoted Christian-civic humanism as the educational philosophy underlying the Act. It argues that Religious Education and secondary and further educational proposals were meant to go hand-in-hand to shape a national educational system that promoted an English national identity based on ideals of tradition and progress for the war-weary nation. The 1944 Act’s historic Religious Education mandate, however, was overshadowed by the hopes and fears for “secondary education for all” in the postwar, class-conscious English society.The book focuses on the work and collaborations of politicians, educationalists, and intellectuals with special attention to three men: Minister of Education R. A. Butler, educationalist Fred Clarke, and sociologist Karl Mannheim. As Christian, political, and social thinkers these men worked in public—and behind the scenes—to create the landmark Education Act in order to bolster postwar England through appeals to God and country.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      September 2011

      Glocal Ireland

      Current Perspectives on Literature and the Visual Arts

      by Editor(s): Marisol Morales Ladrón and Juan F. Elices Agudo

      The transformations undergone by Ireland in the last decades have relocated the country within that liminal space of the local and the global. The country of the deeply-rooted rural traditions, the severely religious impositions and the fragile economic system became in the 1990s a world referent due to its unprecedented and impressive growth. However, the emergence of the so-called Celtic Tiger and the recognition that Ireland had become one of the most globalised nations in the Western world met a dramatic downfall that has left the country (pre)occupied with matters concerning its re-positioning and re-definition within a wider European framework.The cultural and artistic productivity of this nation has also moved away from the topical insularity of the past, adopting more transnational and universal subjects, at the same time that it has struggled to retain its genuine values and its own signs of identity. For, in Ireland, the more this global progress has grown to be unavoidable, the more evocatively the local has befallen. Therefore, the editors of this volume contend that the global and the local should be understood not as opposed concepts but as two ends of a continuum of interaction. Within this state of affairs, this volume comprises a series of articles that revolve around the issue of glocality in Irish literature, culture and cinema in order to disentangle the complexities that underlie this concept and which are inextricably related to the drastic changes undertaken by Ireland in the years before and after the economic boom and posterior bailout.

    • 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
      September 2018

      The British Attempt to Prevent the Second World War

      The Age of Anxiety

      by Author(s): Peter Neville

      This book focuses on some new issues associated with British appeasement policy in the 1930s. It looks particularly at how the artificial split between international history and military history has led to the over-simplification of the factors involved in formulating the appeasement policy. It argues that, contrary to anti-appeasement mythology, Britain was not left defenceless in 1939, having in fact a highly sophisticated aerial defence system for which Baldwin and Chamberlain have received little credit.Conversely, the disaster of 1940 was not a consequence of the sins of the British appeasers, but the result of a seriously misconceived French strategy, and brilliant German planning. The book further argues that Anglo-Czech relations between 1935 and 1938 showed that both the Foreign Office and anti-appeasers had deep rooted anti-Slav prejudices. However, new Czech research shows a more sympathetic understanding of how, and why, Britain adopted the appeasement policy. Important new Soviet sources are also considered, such as notably the Maisky Diaries (2016), for their relevance to British policy.

    • Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies
      October 2006

      The Brief and Turbulent Life of Modernising Conservatism

      by Author(s): Stuart Mitchell

      The Brief and Turbulent Life of Modernising Conservatism is an examination of government tensions and frustrations during a time of economic and social flux. It concentrates on the development of domestic industrial policy in the Conservative Party between 1945 and 1964, with particular emphasis on Harold Macmillan’s and Sir Alec Douglas-Home’s administrations. Between the general elections of 1959 and 1964, the Conservative Government effected a series of striking and dangerously controversial policy transformations in response to its recognition of Britain’s relative economic decline. These adjustments were both practical and strategic. The administration’s aim was extraordinarily ambitious. It sought to fashion a recognisably modern and dynamic, yet socially stable, nation that could retain its place in the international élite. Thereby, the Party hoped to ensure its own continuation in power. The author considers policy innovations that included an ill-starred attempt to join the European Community, the development of macro-economic planning, and the abolition of resale price maintenance–an exploit which roused the Tory Party to unusual heights of passion. The book does not simply regurgitate an orthodox high political narrative. Instead, it investigates topics of interest to modern historians and political scientists alike. It will be of value to anyone interested in questions of modern political ideology, social and economic change, the nature of popular political support, or the constraints on state power in the post-war world.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      April 1895

      William Pitt (Chatham) und Graf Bute

      Ein Beitrag zur inneren Geschichte Englands unter Georg III.

      by Albert von Ruville

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      July 2017

      The British and Irish Ruling Class 1660-1945 Vol. 1

      by Ellis A. Wasson

      This book contains an account of the 2,352 families (close to 3,000 counting cadet lines) that had one member sit in either House of the English, British, or United Kingdom Parliament, the Irish Parliament, or the Scottish Parliament between 1660 and 1945 and was represented in one of these Parliaments by at least three members at any time between the Middle Ages and 2015. Nearly 20,000 individuals are included in the main listings.Information is provided about social origins, ownership of country houses, wealth, honors, offices held, and links with associated families. The list provides a comprehensive reference source for the governing class of Great Britain and Ireland from Oliver Cromwell to Winston Churchill, and offers a deep pool of data to support analysis of social, political, economic, and cultural history in the British Isles over the course of more than four centuries.The British and Irish ruling class was a political, social, and economic elite. It constituted a hereditary landed aristocracy, constantly renewed and expanded by commercial and manufacturing wealth, that dominated government into the nineteenth century, remained potent in the twentieth century, and helped shape the modern world. Volume II available here

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      June 2017

      The British and Irish Ruling Class 1660-1945 Vol. 2

      by Ellis A. Wasson

      This book contains an account of the 2,352 families (close to 3,000 counting cadet lines) that had one member sit in either House of the English, British, or United Kingdom Parliament, the Irish Parliament, or the Scottish Parliament between 1660 and 1945 and was represented in one of these Parliaments by at least three members at any time between the Middle Ages and 2015. Nearly 20,000 individuals are included in the main listings.Information is provided about social origins, ownership of country houses, wealth, honors, offices held, and links with associated families. The list provides a comprehensive reference source for the governing class of Great Britain and Ireland from Oliver Cromwell to Winston Churchill, and offers a deep pool of data to support analysis of social, political, economic, and cultural history in the British Isles over the course of more than four centuries.The British and Irish ruling class was a political, social, and economic elite. It constituted a hereditary landed aristocracy, constantly renewed and expanded by commercial and manufacturing wealth, that dominated government into the nineteenth century, remained potent in the twentieth century, and helped shape the modern world. Volume I available here

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      April 2018

      Brückenbauer

      Großbritannien, die deutsche Frage und die Blockade Berlins 1948-1949

      by Victor Mauer, German Historical Institute London

      Die sowjetische Blockade Berlins gehört zu den großen Wendepunkten in der Geschichte des Kalten Krieges. Das Hauptaugenmerk der internationalen Forschung gilt dabei bis heute den beiden Supermächten. Großbritannien wird je nach Blickwinkel eine Rolle zwischen Defätismus und Komplizenschaft der westlichen Hegemonialmacht beigemessen.Auf einer breiten Quellengrundlage untersucht Victor Mauer erstmals systematisch die britische Krisenpolitik. Dabei fragt er nach den Akteuren, ihren Handlungsspielräumen und Handlungszwängen, beleuchtet widerstreitende Motive und Interessen, analysiert Verhandlungsstrategien und taktisches Kalkül, arbeitet institutionalisierte und informelle Entscheidungsprozesse heraus, widmet sich der Rolle von Öffentlichkeit und Medien, identifiziert wirkmächtige historische Narrative als Mobilisierungsressource, die dem öffentlichen Bedürfnis nach Komplexitätsreduktion in Krisenzeiten entsprach, und betont die Gleichzeitigkeit der Gegensätze.Die Studie revidiert nicht nur unser Bild von der britischen und damit zugleich von der westlichen Politik während der Blockade Berlins. Sie führt auch zu einer Neubewertung der britischen Deutschlandpolitik, ohne die die Krisenpolitik nicht zu verstehen ist.

    • History
      October 2018

      The Opposition to the Great War in Wales 1914-1918

      by Aled Eirug

      This is the first book to describe and analyse the anti-war movement in Wales, and provides an insight into the two main strands of opposition to the war on religious and political grounds. This work details the breadth of anti-war activity and, for the first time, reveals and analyses the 900 conscientious objectors identified in Wales.

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