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April – May 2012

In this issue:

I.       The 2012 Britain and the World Conference is in just over three weeks
II.     Discover The Folio Society’s range of beautiful books through their exclusive offer to members of The British Scholar Society
III.    Announcing our newest Preface Documentary: Professor Peter Clarke on Winston S. Churchill, the writer
IV.     Our April and May Op-Ed Columns

I.  The 2012 Britain and the World Conference is in just over three weeks

The 2012 Britain and the World Conference will take place at the University of Edinburgh in just over three weeks’ time.  Between 21 and 23 June more than 170 historians from 21 countries will participate in 47 panels, 7 plenary lectures, a debate on Scottish independence, and a Round-Table on the newly-released anthology Scotland and the British Empire.  The conference also features networking events such as the Conference Icebreaker on Thursday evening, 21 June at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar (featuring the British Scholar cocktail), the Dinner Party at the Scottish National Gallery on Friday evening, 22 June, and our Historical Pub Crawl through the city on Saturday evening, 23 June.  If you would like to attend the conference there’s still time to register.  Visit the Conference 2012 webpage at and click on your registration category to begin.  Students receive a discounted registration rate to attend the conference as do members.  To become a member before registering for the conference please visit  Join us in Edinburgh for the 2012 Britain and the World Conference and experience firsthand one of the most stunningly beautiful cities in the world.

II.  Discover The Folio Society’s range of beautiful books through their exclusive offer to members of The British Scholar Society

10% OFF books* PLUS special offers for British Scholar Society subscribers

Great books should be outstanding not only in literary content but also in their physical form: this has been the philosophy of The Folio Society since it was founded in 1947. Our pleasure in reading is enhanced by the book itself, in which typography, illustration, paper, printing and binding all play a part in creating a harmonious whole.

Our non-fiction list ranges from the elegant poetic axioms of the Tao Tê Ching to the hard-nosed historical analysis of Antony Beevor’s Stalingrad and the unexpected observations in Albert Einstein’s Ideas and Opinions; whilst our fiction spans Seamus Heaney’s brilliant translation of Beowulf, the intoxicating short stories of William Trevor and the wit and whimsy of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.

Elegant binding designs, specially commissioned illustrations from artists such as Quentin Blake, Anna and Elena Balbusso and Tom Phillips RA, and introductions by writers including Umberto Eco and Ruth Rendell – these all add up to make each Folio Society edition unique. There are over 400 titles available in all – in fiction, history, biography, science, children’s literature, humour, poetry and more.

British Scholar Society subscribers can enjoy a preferential 10% discount on most Folio Society books* as well as a host of special offers when you join as a Folio Society member.

Click here and enter the code PT10 at checkout.

* 10% off does not apply to special offers or limited editions

III.  Announcing our newest Preface Documentary:  Professor Peter Clarke on Winston S. Churchill, the writer

Professor Peter Clarke is the feature of our newest Preface documentary, available on our website at  Clarke delves into the story of Winston S. Churchill’s writing of A History of the English Speaking Peoples following the Second World War.  Clarke’s documentary also serves as an appetizer for his newly-published book, Mr. Churchill’s Profession, available from Bloomsbury Publishers.  We hope you enjoy watching our newest Preface documentary.

IV.  Our April and May Op-Ed Columns

The British Scholar Society announces the publication of each column when it appears on our Twitter feed and on our homepage at under “News from the Society”.  In case you missed any of these fascinating articles, or simply want to read them again, they are all available by clicking on the individual links below or by visiting our Op-Ed page at  There you can click on an individual columnist and their personal pages, which include the columns, will appear.

April Columns:

Mark Doyle:  Don’t Mention the Iceberg

Michael Talbot:  They Also Sailed

Helene von Bismarck:  Global History – The History of Globalisation?

Rebecka Black:  Remembering the Truth:  Re-evaluating Images of the Titanic and Belsen

Leslie Schumacher:  Porter’s Complaint: Thoughts on Five Years of Thinking Absent-Mindedly

Allegra Geller:  Women and Empire – Mary Shelley

Jodi Burkett:  The Conference Season 1: ‘Solidarities that know no boundaries: Transnational Advocacy in historical perspective’

May Columns:

Mark Doyle:  Roads to Nowhere

Michael Talbot:  Musical Horrors:  Eurovision, The Proms, and popular forgetting

Helene von Bismarck:  Great Britain and the UN Committee of 24

Rebecka Black:  Sell It to Save It!:  English Heritage and The Quadriga Gallery

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