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BATW 2018 Call for Papers Available!

 

This serves as the Call for Papers for the 2018 Britain and the World Conference, Exeter, June 2018!

After our tenth anniversary conference in Austin in April 2017, Britain and the World returns to the UK for 2018: Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 June. It will be at Exeter University: the venue is Reed Hall and accommodation is at the neighbouring Holland Hall, and, as always, the conference is concerned with interactions within the ‘British world’ from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of transnational perspectives.

The Keynote Speaker will be Professor Richard Overy (Exeter), and the Plenary Speaker is Professor Audrey Horning (Queen’s University Belfast). There’ll be lunchtime roundtables on cinema and history, and on public history. Publishers present will include our journal publisher Edinburgh University Press, and our book series publisher Palgrave Macmillan, and the commissioning editor will be present throughout to discuss your publishing plans.

We accept both individual twenty-minute papers and complete panel submissions. Panels are expected to consist of three papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Complete panels should also include a chair. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a 100-150 word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. The conference does not discriminate between panels and individual paper submissions, nor between graduate students and established academics.

As ever the conference icebreaker will be held on the Thursday evening, the Dinner Party on the Friday, and the outings downtown on the Saturday. These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and more in the capital of Devon.

Exeter is two hours by direct train from London, and there is a direct National Express bus line from Heathrow Airport. Exeter also has its own international airport, and is one hour by train from Bristol.

On campus is the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, home to one of the largest collections in Britain of material relating to film. The University’s special collections are noted for archives relating to twentieth-century South West Writing (and include the papers of Daphne du Maurier), literature and visual culture, Victorian culture and imperial endeavour, Arab and Islamic studies, and religious and parish book collections. In city centre there are Exeter Cathedral and archives, the Devon and Exeter Institute (which houses a large collection of local archival materials), Exeter Castle, and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).

There are two rates, for those waged and unwaged. The rates cover everything: registration (including a rolling membership which includes subscription to Britain and the World journal), three nights’ single en-suite room and breakfast, refreshments throughout the day, lunch on all three days, and dinner on Thursday and Friday.

$615/£465      Waged
$515/£385      Unwaged

We have 100 rooms booked for the evenings of Wed, Thur, Fri, and 50 for Saturday, so please let us know if you’d like a fourth night’s bed and breakfast.

Individual registration rates (excluding lodging and dinner) are also available and will be posted shortly.

We’d like to stress that Britain and the World is a non-profit organisation; all proceeds are spent on the conference. The conference venue and accommodation have been chosen for their convenience and because each is situated in one of the UK’s most beautiful campuses. We think this will be a unique conference experience.

All submissions for inclusion in the conference should be received by Friday, 15 December 2017, with decisions on inclusion announced on Monday, 8 January 2018. Submissions should be made by email to editoratbritishscholardotorg. Please submit all information in the body of your email (no attachments or PDFs, thank you!) and in the following order: name, affiliation, email, paper title, abstract, keywords.

Updates regarding the conference will periodically be posted on the Society website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for hotel and transportation expenses as the conference is not able to offer financial support.

On Twitter our @britishscholar hashtag is #BATW2018. Registration for the Conference will open on Monday 5 February 2018. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly at conferenceatbritishscholardotorg.

http://britishscholar.org/

 

 

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New Collaborative Initiative with NACBS

The British Scholar Society is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the North American Conference of British Studies (NACBS) regarding our blog on Teaching Britain and the World. All posts will from now on be published both on our website and on the NABCS’ blog, The British and Irish Studies Intelligencer. This serves as a call for authors who would like to contribute to this pedagogy-blog with a post that is no longer than 1000 words. As historians, most of us are not only researchers, but also academic teachers, and we are keen to foster the dialogue about your different experiences, plans and projects in the university classroom. The (by no means exclusive) list of possible subjects includes teaching methods, the challenge of balancing research and teaching obligations, the construction of syllabi, the use of primary sources, the impact of current affairs and public debates on classroom discussions, language barriers, and much more. In order to make this as broad a discussion as possible, we are keen to include colleagues at every level of their career, who study any period from the seventeenth century to the present, teach at a variety of academic institutions, and come from both Anglophone and non-Anglophone backgrounds. We are also keen to include student perspectives. The only requirement is that the blog entry has to focus on the specific challenges of teaching the history of Britain and the World. If you have an idea for a blog entry, please get in touch with Dr. Helene von Bismarck at helenedotvondotbismarckatbritishscholardotorg  (helenedotvondotbismarckatbritishscholardotorg)  .

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Call for Contributors: New Blog on Teaching Britain and the World

The British Scholar Society is pleased to announce a new venture, a blog on Teaching Britain and the World. This serves as a call for authors who would like to contribute to this blog with a post that is no longer than 1000 words. As historians, most of us are not only researchers, but also academic teachers, and we are keen to foster the dialogue about your different experiences, plans and projects in the university classroom. The (by no means exclusive) list of possible subjects includes teaching methods, the challenge of balancing research and teaching obligations, the construction of syllabi, the use of primary sources, the impact of current affairs and public debates on classroom discussions, language barriers, and much more. In order to make this as broad a discussion as possible, we are keen to include colleagues at every level of their career, who study any period from the seventeenth century to the present, teach at a variety of academic institutions, and come from both Anglophone and non-Anglophone backgrounds. We are also keen to include student perspectives. The only requirement is that the blog entry has to focus on the specific challenges of teaching the history of Britain and the World. If you have an idea for a blog entry, please get in touch with Dr Helene von Bismarck at helenedotvondotbismarckatbritishscholardotorg.

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2017 Conference Hotel Now Available to Book!

Conference Hotel Now Available to Book!

We will be holding the 2017 Britain and the World Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton – University Area.  The Group Code for booking hotel rooms that are part of our block is BWO.  You may also contact the hotel directly by calling 
512-479-4000.  The room rate is $185 per night for either two Queen-sized beds or one King-sized bed.
DoubleTree Austin University Area Hotel Exterior
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Autumn 2016 Newsletter

I. Deadline Approaching: Call for Papers for 2017 Britain and the World Conference

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the 2017 Britain and the World Conference in Austin, TX is fast approaching. Submissions must be received by 21 November. Please see below for the CFP, which includes more information on this year’s conference planned events and activities.

Call for Papers: Britain and the World Conference 2017

Place: Austin, Texas

Dates: April 6-8, 2017

Deadline for submissions:  Monday, 21 November 2016

Decisions on inclusion:  Monday, 5 December 2016

After London in June 2016, Britain and the World returns to Austin for 2017 and our tenth anniversary conference. As in 2015, the conference venue and hotel will be the Doubletree University Area, which is a five minute walk from the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. As ever, the conference is concerned with interactions within the ‘British world’ from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of transnational perspectives.

The Keynote Speaker will be Professor Carla Pestana of UCLA, and two other three plenary speakers will be confirmed. There will be lunchtime roundtables on Brexit and on public history.

The conference accepts both individual twenty-minute papers and complete panel submissions. Panels are expected to consist of three papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Complete panels must also include a chair. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a brief 100-150 word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. The conference does not discriminate between panels and individual paper submissions, nor between graduate students and established academics.

As ever the conference icebreaker will be held on the first evening, the Dinner Party on the second, and the outings in downtown Austin on the third. These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and more in and around the live music capital of the world.

All submissions for inclusion in the conference must be received by Monday, 21 November 2016, with decisions on inclusion announced on Monday, 5 December 2016. Submissions should be made by email to editoratbritishscholardotorg  (editoratbritishscholardotorg)  . Please submit all information in the body of your email (no attachments or PDFs, thank you) and in the following order: name, affiliation, email, paper title, abstract, keywords.

Updates regarding the conference will periodically be posted on the Society website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for hotel and transportation expenses as the conference is not able to offer financial support.

On Twitter the hashtag is #BATW2017. Registration for the Conference will open on 9 January 2017. If you have any questions about the forthcoming conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly at conferenceatbritishscholardotorg  (conferenceatbritishscholardotorg)  .

Best wishes,

Michelle Brock

Martin Farr

Conference Organizing Committee 2017

For more information, go to the following link:

http://britishscholar.org/conference-2017/

II. Dinner Party Location for 2017 Britain and the World Conference

We are excited to announce that the Dinner Party for the Tenth Annual Britain and the World Conference will take place at the beautiful Oasis Restaurant on stunning Lake Travis!  The Dinner Party will occur on Friday, April 7, 2017 and buses will be provided to and from the restaurant. For details on the restaurant site, including pictures, please visit the following link:

http://oasis-austin.com

III. Call for Contributors: New Blog on Teaching Britain and the World

The British Scholar Society is pleased to announce a new venture, a blog on Teaching Britain and the World. This serves as a call for authors who would like to contribute to this blog with a post that is no longer than 1000 words. As historians, most of us are not only researchers, but also academic teachers, and we are keen to foster the dialogue about your different experiences, plans and projects in the university classroom. The (by no means exclusive) list of possible subjects includes teaching methods, the challenge of balancing research and teaching obligations, the construction of syllabi, the use of primary sources, the impact of current affairs and public debates on classroom discussions, language barriers, and much more. In order to make this as broad a discussion as possible, we are keen to include colleagues at every level of their career, who study any period from the seventeenth century to the present, teach at a variety of academic institutions, and come from both Anglophone and non-Anglophone backgrounds. We are also keen to include student perspectives. The only requirement is that the blog entry has to focus on the specific challenges of teaching the history of Britain and the World. If you have an idea for a blog entry, please get in touch with Dr Helene von Bismarck at helenedotvondotbismarckatbritishscholardotorg  (helenedotvondotbismarckatbritishscholardotorg)  .

IV. New Web Admin/Master Needed for British Scholar Society Website

The British Scholar Society has need of a new webmaster for its website. We are particularly interested in securing the help of someone who has extensive and demonstrated experience in web design, especially as relates to building and maintaining websites from the ground up. Anyone serving in this capacity would be accorded an Associate Editor position in the Society for their term as webmaster. Those interested should email the Director of Communications & Social Media, Dr Leslie Rogne Schumacher, at lschumacatsjudotedu  (lschumacatsjudotedu)   for more information.

V. Location Announced for 2018 Britain and the World Conference

We now are able to announce the location for the 2018 Britain and the World Conference, which will return to the United Kingdom for its eleventh annual meeting and its fourth in the UK. 2018’s conference will take place at the University of Exeter, in relationship with the Centre for Imperial and Global History. We are very pleased to be working with Exeter’s Dr Marc-William Palen and others in making the preliminary arrangements for what promises to be a fantastic event.

VI. Call for Submissions to Britain and the World Journal and Book Series

The British Scholar Society would like to take this opportunity to invite our Newsletter subscribers to consider submitting their research to our journal, Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, and our ‘Britain and the World’ book series. Our journal, which is included in the Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index, is edited by Prof John M. MacKenzie and published biannually by Edinburgh University Press. Our book series is edited by Dr Martin Farr and published by Palgrave Macmillan. More information on our journal and our book series, including instructions for those interested in submitting their work, can be found at the following links:

http://www.euppublishing.com/loi/brw

http://www.palgrave.com/gp/series/14795

VII. Call for Contributors to National Archives Blog

The National Archives (TNA) has communicated to us a blog feature called ‘Connecting collections: tell us your research story’. Please take a moment to read their press release below and consider contributing.

‘The National Archives, working with members of the archives sector, is calling for blog entries from academic researchers which explore the connections between archives across the UK and around the world.

‘Archival research can lead you to surprising locations – and conclusions. Have you consulted a record in one archive whose value only became clear when contextualised with a record held elsewhere? Tracked down a document and found yourself as intrigued by its location as its content? Or aimed to link collections together? We’d like to hear about your eureka moments, but also the hard work of research, with days with little to show.

‘For this series, we’re as interested in your methodology and experience of archival research as we are in what you’re studying. We hope your story will both enrich people’s understanding of the possible connections between archives, and encourage researchers to be adventurous when planning their own journeys.

‘Better research expands the world for us all.

‘For further information and to submit a blog post, please visit: http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/connecting-collections-tell-us-research-story/

Deadline for submissions: 5th December 2016

VIII. Information on Liverpool Centre for Port and Maritime History

In keeping with our interest in forging ties between our organization and others with overlapping areas of focus, we would like to draw our readers’ attention to the Liverpool Centre for Port and Maritime History (CPMH).

As communicated to us by the CPMH’s Acting Director, Dr Simon Hill, the centre ‘covers global maritime and port history broadly considered, extending from the medieval period to the modern era. Amongst the various topics that we have considered are: ports and the environment, lawlessness at sea, early modern British privateers operating in Swedish waters, Malaysian sailors in Liverpool, international shipping during the 1970s, the cultural experience of sailing on trans-Atlantic liners, and so many more topics besides’.

For more information on the CPMH, please contact SdotJdotHill1atljmudotacdotuk  (SdotJdotHill1atljmudotacdotuk)   or visit the following link:

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/management/research/history-society-and-institutions/centre-for-port-and-maritime/about/

IX. Event: ‘Outlaws by Shore and Sea’

The International Postgraduate Port and Maritime Studies Network (IPPMSN) will hold an event at the Tate Liverpool on 8 December on the topic of ‘Outlaws by Shore and Sea’. Tickets are free, but must be arranged online. Please visit the following link for more information:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outlaws-by-shore-and-sea-tickets-28856107394

X. New Post for Society Vice-Chair

The British Scholar Society’s Vice-Chair and Director of Communications & Social Media, Dr Leslie Rogne Schumacher, has been named the 2016-2017 David H. Burton Fellow at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to a teaching and research appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor, Burton Fellows run a departmental pedagogy workshop and deliver a yearly public lecture. More information on Dr Schumacher’s projects and initiatives while serving as the Burton Fellow can be found at the following link:

https://www.sju.edu/about-sju/faculty-staff/leslie-rogne-schumacher-phd

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Dinner Party for Britain and the World 2017 to be held at The Oasis!

Dinner Party to be held at The Oasis on Lake Travis!

The Dinner Party for the Tenth Annual Britain and the World Conference will take place at the beautiful Oasis Restaurant on stunning Lake Travis!  The Dinner Party will occur on Friday, April 7, 2017 and buses will be provided to and from the restaurant.  Here is a picture to whet your appetite!

oasis-1

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2017 Britain and the World Call for Papers

DEADLINE EXTENDED:  Monday, 12 December 2016

The official Call For Papers for the 2017 Britain and the World Conference is now available:

 

Call for Papers: Britain and the World Conference 2017

Place: Austin, Texas

Dates: April 6-8, 2017

Deadline for submissions (extended):  Monday, 12 December 2016

Decisions on inclusion:  Monday, 19 December 2016

After London in June 2016, Britain and the World returns to Austin for 2017 and our tenth anniversary conference. As in 2015, the conference venue and hotel will be the Doubletree University Area, which is a five minute walk from the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. As ever, the conference is concerned with interactions within the ‘British world’ from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of transnational perspectives.

The Keynote Speaker will be Professor Carla Pestana of UCLA, and two other plenary speakers will be confirmed. There will be lunchtime roundtables on Brexit and on public history.

The conference accepts both individual twenty-minute papers and complete panel submissions. Panels are expected to consist of three papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Complete panels must also include a chair. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a brief 100-150 word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. The conference does not discriminate between panels and individual paper submissions, nor between graduate students and established academics.

As ever the conference icebreaker will be held on the first evening, the Dinner Party on the second, and the outings in downtown Austin on the third. These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and more in and around the live music capital of the world.

All submissions for inclusion in the conference must be received by Monday, 21 November 2016, with decisions on inclusion announced on Monday, 5 December 2016. Submissions should be made by email to editoratbritishscholardotorg  (editoratbritishscholardotorg)  . Please submit all information in the body of your email (no attachments or PDFs, thank you) and in the following order: name, affiliation, email, paper title, abstract, keywords.

Updates regarding the conference will periodically be posted on the Society website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for hotel and transportation expenses as the conference is not able to offer financial support.

On Twitter the hashtag is #BATW2017. Registration for the Conference will open on 9 January 2017. If you have any questions about the forthcoming conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly at conferenceatbritishscholardotorg  (conferenceatbritishscholardotorg)  .

Best wishes,
Michelle Brock
Martin Farr
Bryan Glass
Conference Organizing Committee 2017

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Updates on 2016 Conference

We are pleased to announce that the final conference programme for the 2016 Britain and the World Conference, to be held 22-4 June at King’s College London, is now available. Click the following link to see details on the conference’s 60+ panels, 200+ speakers, as well as the plenary lectures and conference social events.

http://britishscholar.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/BATW2016-PROGRAMME_Final.pdf

Also, at this time we would like to remind our readers that conference attendees must sign up and purchase a pass to attend the annual conference dinner party. The conference dinner will be a buffet with wine and full bar service on board the Golden Flame, which will depart from just outside the conference venue at Temple Pier at 7 pm prompt, cruise along the Thames, returning and docking at 10.30 pm. Guests will be able to stay on board until midnight. Price includes meal and ½ bottle of wine or equivalent per person.

To sign up, go to the conference webpage and follow the instructions provided there:

http://britishscholar.org/conference-2016/

 

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2016 Conference Programme Available!

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Britain and the World Conference programme is now available. Please click on the link below to download a PDF of the programme:

http://britishscholar.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/BATW2016-PROGRAMME.pdf

For more information on this year’s conference, held at King’s College London on 22-4 June, visit the following link:

http://britishscholar.org/conference-2016/

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May 2016 Newsletter

I. Reminder: Register for 2016 Britain and the World Conference

Our annual conference (22-24 June at King’s College London) is fast approaching, and at this time we would like to remind our newsletter readers who plan on attending the conference to register. To register for the conference, please visit Kings College London’s e-store at the following address:

http://estore.kcl.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=13&catid=137&prodid=632

Our registration rates are as follows:

Members: faculty £150, students £100

Non-members: faculty £200, students £150

The rates are for all three days of the conference, and include refreshments (coffee, tea, water) throughout the day, lunch every day, and wine reception on the first day (The conference dinner will be separate, and conference-goers will receive separate communications on it from the conference committee).

Not only because it is almost entirely defrayed in registration fees, we very much encourage you to become members of the society, which additionally means you will receive a subscription to our journal, Britain and the World, which will be posted to you and you also gain web access to the archive. The journal is published biannually, but is soon slated to move to a triannual format. If you would like to become a member of the British Scholar Society ($59) to take advantage of the discounted rate, please register before the conference by going to: http://britishscholar.org/british-scholar/membership/

Please continue to check the conference website for developments and updates:

http://britishscholar.org/conference-2016/

II. Reminder: 2016 Britain and the World Accommodation Information

We would also like to remind our newsletter readers of the accommodation arrangements that we have made in anticipation of the rooming needs of our conference attendees.

We have secured 100 rooms at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, WC1H 0DG, just off Russell Square. The conference venue is 20 minutes’ walk (down Southampton Row/Kingsway), or 10 minutes’ on a constant stream of buses (numbers 68, 59, 91, 168, and 188) which is much quicker than the tube.  There are many other even closer hotels, although they are much more expensive.

Royal National rates are £98 for a single room and £123 for a twin room if booked by phone, £88 for a single room and £113 for a twin room if booked online: https://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/en/royal-national. Guests can also take advantage of their online BOGO Offer – complimentary dinner on the night of arrival for bookings of 2 or more consecutive nights. Early booking is advised, and any remaining rooms will be released on 28 May.

Additionally we have also arranged rooms from the LSE at their Bankside House, also 20 minutes’ walk, over the river. Prices for Bed and Breakfast per night: single room with shared bathroom £59; 2 single en-suite connecting rooms, £98, triple room en suite, £131, and quad room en suite, £147. Please visit  www.lsevacations.co.uk  or call (+44) 02079557676.

III. General Editor in History & Policy

Our General Editor, Dr. Martin Farr, has published an opinion piece in History & Policy on the historical background and context of the Strategic Defence and Security Review. His insightful comments are essential reading with regard to illuminating how the current system of defence reviews in the UK came into being, as well as the reasons behind SDSR’s irregular schedule and the consequences of the SDSR’s harnessing to broader domestic political agendas.

Please go to the following link to read Dr. Farr’s interesting article:

http://www.historyandpolicy.org/opinion-articles/articles/defence-reviews-strategic-and-otherwise

IV. Deputy General Editor’s New Book

We are very pleased to announce the release of a new monograph by our Deputy General Editor, Dr. Michelle Brock. Her book, Satan and the Scots: The Devil in Post-Reformation Scotland, c. 1560–1700, is the latest volume in the long-running St Andrews Studies in Reformation History series. In investigating the connections between sin, the concept of the Devil, and early modern Scottish society and politics, Dr. Brock argues that “post-Reformation beliefs about the Devil profoundly influenced the experiences and identities of the Scottish people through the creation of a shared cultural conversation about evil and human nature.”

For more information on Dr. Brock’s exciting contribution to the field, please go to the following link:

http://www.routledge.com/Satan-and-the-Scots-The-Devil-in-Post-Reformation-Scotland-c1560-1700/Brock/p/book/9781472470010

V. Journal on Malaysian and Southeast Asian History

In keeping with The British Scholar Society’s goal of connecting scholars across our field’s many (and often arbitrary) regional divisions and disciplinary divides, we would like draw our readers’ attention to the journal Sejarah, which is published by the Department of History at the University of Malaya. Sejarah‘s focus is on Malaysian history, and also accepts contributions on topics related to other Southeast Asian societies and the region in general. The journal has recently transitioned to a fully online format, which can be accessed at the following link:

http://e-journal.um.edu.my/publish/SEJARAH/Aabout

VI. National Centre of Biography (AUS) Conference

This summer, Australia’s National Centre of Biography will host an international conference titled “True Biographies of Nations? Exploring the Cultural Journeys of Dictionaries of National Biography.” The conference will meet from 30 June to 2 July at Australian National University in Acton and the National Library of Australia at Parkes Place in Canberra. Those interested in attending may read more details on the conference, register for the event, and read the draft programme by visiting the following link:

http://ncb.anu.edu.au/biographies-of-nations

VII. Free Conference on “Embassies in Crisis”

On 9 June, the British Academy (10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London) will host a one-day conference on the topic of “Embassies in Crisis,” and will focus on the testimonies and perspectives of serving and former Embassy staff. The conference, organised by the Universities of Exeter and Strathclyde in conjunction with the FCO Historians and the British International History Group, is a free event but one must register beforehand to take part. To read more about the conference and to register, go to the following link:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/embassies-in-crisis-conference-at-the-british-academy-tickets-24897481036

VIII. Book of the Month

May 2016: Black Market Britain, 1939-1955

Reviewed by Adrian Smith, University of Southampton

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