History in Our Time by Professor David Cannadine

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This work is a collection of writings by David Cannadine, an historical essayist. Cannadinene's subject is 19th and 20th-century Britain, from Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher, King Edward VIII to Diana, Princess of Wales. The pieces included here explore subjects as varied as suicide and divorce, patriotism and empire, class and privacy, and they examine the cult of Victorian values as recently espoused and proclaimed by politicians and historians in Britain and America. Each of these essays evokes a personality or investigates a problem: the mysteries of class distinctions; the difficulties and dangers of being the Prince (or the Princess) of Wales, the malevolence of Lord Beaverbrook, the varied motives for imperial expansion, and the unhappiness of Harold Macmillan. They discuss (and sometimes dismiss) many of the most important - and notorious - works of history and biography to have been published during the last decade on both sides of the Atlantic. Directly and indirectly they illuminate the premierships of Margaret Thatcher and John Major and the presidencies of George Bush and Bill Clinton and the ways in which contemporary events have helped to shape and change our perspectives on the past. The book aims to shed new light on that unending dialogue between the past and the present that is history.
 

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Winston Churchill (1874a1965) was prime minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. A prolific writer whose works include "The Second World War" and "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples," he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. David Cannadine is the author, most recently, of "Mellon: An American Life," as well as "The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy," which won the Lionel Trilling Prize and the Governorsa Award. He teaches at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
 
Published October 11, 1998 by Yale University Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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From the monarchy to suicide to intellectuals and class, the British sense of style, decorum (or lack thereof), and form constantly remind the reader why the British consider themselves aloof from the “Continent.” American readers will be interested in Cannadine’s pairing of Thatcher-Major with B...

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In this thematic biography, noted historian Cannadine ( The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy ) ably analyzes the significance of Trevelyan (1876-1962), the most widely read historian of his generation, whose reputation declined sharply after his death.

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The 30 essays collected here all began as book reviews written for various periodicals (chiefly the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books and the New Republic) in the years 1988 through 1997.

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