In Churchill's Shadow: Confronting the Past in Modern Britain

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - History - 385 pages
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With In Churchill's Shadow, David Cannadine offers an intriguing look at ways in which perceptions of a glorious past have continued to haunt the British present, often crushing efforts to shake them off. The book centers on Churchill, a titanic figure whose influence spanned the century. Though he was the savior of modern Britain, Churchill was a creature of the Victorian age. Though he proclaimed he had not become Prime Minister to "preside over the liquidation of the British Empire," in effect he was doomed to do just that. And though he has gone down in history for his defiant orations during the crisis of World War II, Cannadine shows that for most of his career Churchill's love of rhetoric was his own worst enemy.
Cannadine turns an equally insightful gaze on the institutions and individuals that embodied the image of Britain in this period: Gilbert & Sullivan, Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, the National Trust, and the Palace of Westminster itself, the home and symbol of Britain's parliamentary government. This superb volume offers a wry, sympathetic, yet penetrating look at how national identity evolved in the era of the waning of an empire.
 

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IN CHURCHILL'S SHADOW: Confronting the Past in Modern Britain

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Veteran English historian Cannadine (Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire, 2001, etc.) ranges freely over an eclectic selection of topics, from the design of the palace of Westminster to ... Read full review

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A collection of essays, some of much are very interesting looks at modern Britain. Read full review

Contents

POLITICS IN DIVERSE MODES
115
VANISHING SUPREMACIES?
203
Acknowledgements
312
A Note on Sources
313
List of Abbreviations
314
Notes
316
Index
370
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David Cannadine is Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. He is the author of many acclaimed books, including The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy, Class in Britain, and Ornamentalism. He lives in London.

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