Culture, Thought and Belief in British Political Life since 1800
Title Details

368 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

15 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

Culture, Thought and Belief in British Political Life since 1800

Essays in Honour of Jonathan Parry

Edited by Paul Readman and Geraint Thomas

  • Description
  • Contents
  • Author
Brings together agenda-setting essays that illuminate the complex relationship between ideas and political activity in modern British history.

Ideas matter in modern British political life: culture, thought and belief are integral to the fabric of politics, high and low, foreign and domestic. They are woven into the day-to-day business of debate, policy and decision-making. This book shows how and why they have mattered so much. Inspired by the work of Jonathan Parry, it explores the cultural and intellectual influences on politics both formal and informal since the turn of the nineteenth century. Featuring original interventions by some of the world's leading historians, the essays in the volume are organised around themes of central relevance to the understanding of modern British political history. They explore a wide range of subjects across political life and its intellectual and cultural hinterlands, including constitutionalism and international political thought, anticolonial activism, race and imperial commemoration, female political thinkers, parliament, monarchy and the law, the politics of religion, and patriotism and national identity. This is an agenda-setting text that will be essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the complex relationship between ideas and political activity in modern British history.

Paul Readman is Professor of Modern British History at King's College London.
Dr Geraint Thomas is Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge.

Contributors: Michael Bentley, John Bew, Paul Bew, David Cannadine, Matthew Cragoe, Tom Crewe, Ben Griffin, Boyd Hilton, Michael Ledger-Lomas, Joanna Lewis, Helen McCarthy, Alex Middleton, Susan D. Pennybacker, Kathryn Rix, James Thompson, Philip Williamson
Introduction
Paul Readman and Geraint Thomas

Part I: Writing Modern British History
Chapter 1. Parry Passu: Jonathan Parry in European Echo
Michael Bentley
Chapter 2. G.M. Trevelyan, Landscape and the Writing of History in England, c.1870-c.1950
Paul Readman

Part II: Nation
Chapter 3. The Image of the Country House in Victorian Political Culture
James Thompson
Chapter 4. Hugh de Sélincourt, The Cricket Match, and Englishness between the Wars
Matthew Cragoe
Chapter 5. Nation and Union in the Career of David Lloyd George
Geraint Thomas

Part III: Ideas Over Time: Narratives of Change
Chapter 6. Politics, Rhetoric, and the Serial Fluctuations of 'Small State' Ideology in the Long Nineteenth Century and After
Boyd Hilton
Chapter 7. The Socialist Lives of Beatrice Webb and Margaret Cole
Helen McCarthy
Chapter 8. 'Great Contemporaries' but Guarded Friends: Winston Churchill and G.M. Trevelyan Revisited
David Cannadine
Chapter 9. What Happened to Political Nonconformity?
Philip Williamson

Part IV: Institutions
Chapter 10. Liberalism, the Law and Parliament in Modern British Politics
Ben Griffin
Chapter 11. The Backbenchers of the Nineteenth-century Commons: Activity and Accountability in the Age of Reform
Kathryn Rix
Chapter 12. Lord Salisbury as Modern Political Man, c.1880-1902
Tom Crewe
Chapter 13. Edward the Caresser: Monarchy and Religion in the Reign of Edward VII
Michael Ledger-Lomas

Part V: Britain in the World
Chapter 14. Irish Realities and British Liberal Self-deception: The Reaches and Limits of British Liberal Constitutionalism
John Bew and Paul Bew
Chapter 15. Latin America and British International Thought, 1880-1920
Alex Middleton
Chapter 16. Cambridge Beginnings, Oxford Departures: 'Liberal Education' and Imperial Legacies, 1945-70
Susan D. Pennybacker
Chapter 17. The Curious Case of Wales's Statue to Henry Morton Stanley
Joanna Lewis

Jonathan Parry: List of Publications
Index
Tabula Gratulatoria

Paul Readman is Professor of Modern British History at King's College London.

Geraint Thomas is Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge.

Hardcover

9781837650187

October 2024

£95.00 / $140.00

Available to pre-order from July 2024

Shipping Options

Title not yet available

Buy

Purchasing options are not available in this country.

Ebook (EPUB)

9781805434344

October 2024

£24.99 / $29.95

Available to pre-order from July 2024

Ebook (EPDF)

9781805434337

October 2024

£24.99 / $29.95

Available to pre-order from July 2024

Title Details

368 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

15 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press