Penultimate Adventures with Britannia: Personalities, Politics and Culture in Britain.
Penultimate Adventures with Britannia: Personalities, Politics and
Culture in Britain. W.R. Louis, editor. I.B. Tauris. [pounds
sterling]35.00. x + 320 pages. ISBN 978-1-84511-693-4. This latest
collection of lectures given before the University of Texas'
British Studies seminar is, mainly, from the years 2005-2007. The
contributors range from academics to journalists and their subjects are
even more diverse. Lord Morgan leads with a paper on Lloyd George's
view of the French and Germans and this is followed by a lecture on the
'old goat's' relationship with his mistress and later
wife, Frances Stevenson. Other topics include: changes in historical
interpretation; Kipling in South Africa; Tolkien in the Great War; W.H.
Auden; Britain and the Middle East in the 1920s; Arthur Marder; Cecil
Beaton's Wartime Art; England and India during the Second World
War; Paul Scott (author of the Raj Quartet); the role of partitioning;
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard; C. Wright Mills; 'decline' in
cultural politics; the British book trade in the 1950s; Feliks
Topolski's work; All Souls and Suez (by the editor); the colony of
Kenya; the Empire in twenty-first-century imagination; devolution in the
UK; the American Empire compared to Britain's and, finally, a
lighthearted analysis of US policing. (A.C.)