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November 2012 Newsletter

In this issue:

I. New Newsletter Editor
II. New Members of the Advisory Board
III. ‘Toward a Global History of Britain’, by Gregory A. Barton
IV. Our Newest Additions to the Book Series
V. Lecture Series: Professor Christopher Andrew on MI5
VI. Sponsored Conference: ‘Wales and the World’
VII. The British Scholar Society’s Preface Documentary Series on Community Channel
VIII. Update on the 2013 Britain and the World Conference:  Our Hotel Room Block is Now Available
IX. Our September and October Op-Ed Columns
X. Book of the Month

I. New Newsletter Editor

Newsletter Editor Leslie Rogne Schumacher

Before getting to this month’s edition, I want to take a brief moment to introduce myself as the new editor of the Newsletter. My name is Leslie Rogne Schumacher and I am an historian of modern British history. My primary research interests lie in the relationship between the British Empire and the Near and Middle East during the age of the “Eastern Question.”  I also have interests in the history of journalism, modern British democracy and voting politics, the debate over Orientalism, diplomatic and military history, and the history (and future) of the European Union. A native of Minnesota, I did my B.A. at Hamline University and recently received my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where I worked with Dr. Anna Clark. During my doctoral work, I held visiting appointments at Harvard University and at the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research. This spring I will begin an appointment as a Visiting Lecturer at the State University of New York at New Paltz. I have been a member of The British Scholar Society since 2011, and I currently write a monthly op-ed column for the Society as well as serve on the peer review panel of Britain and the World. I look forward to my work on the Newsletter, and I want to thank Bryan Glass for his excellent work as its outgoing editor. I also want to thank him for suggesting to me the opportunity to take on this responsibility.


II. New Members of the Advisory Board

Dr. Jeffery Hankins

Dr. John Darwin

The British Scholar Society welcomes two new members to the Advisory Board, Dr. Jeffery R. Hankins and Dr. John Darwin. Dr. Hankins is Associate Professor of History at Louisiana Tech University and is a specialist in British history, Colonial America, and early modern European history. Dr. Darwin is the Beit University Lecturer in the History of the British Commonwealth at the University of Oxford. He specialises in the history of European imperialism, particularly the British Empire circa 1880-1970.

III. Toward a Global History of Britain, by Gregory A. Barton

Dr. Gregory Barton

The Editor-in-Chief of the Britain and the World Journal, Gregory A. Barton, published “Toward a Global History of Britain” in the October issue of Perspectives on History, the newsmagazine of the American Historical Association. The article was made available free online on 1 November and you can read it by clicking on the link below. We’ve left the comments section open for you to let us know your opinion on the future direction of British History:

IV. Our Newest Additions to the Book Series

We are pleased to announce the publication of Spencer Mawby’s Ordering Independence: The End of Empire in the Anglophone Caribbean, 1947-69 and Richard Scully’s British Images of Germany: Admiration, Antagonism and Ambivalence, 1860-1914. Ordering Independence and British Images of Germany are, respectively, the fourth and fifth releases in our Britain and the World book series, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Ordering Independence

In August 1962, Trinidad and Jamaica became the first territories in the Caribbean to gain independence from Britain. After four centuries of expansion and consolidation, the relinquishment of British imperial control was intended to mark a new era but the subsequent history of the region has been a troubled one. Ordering Independence analyses the conflicts and controversies which accompanied the gradual transfer of power away from British politicians and officials to locally elected representatives and includes coverage of disputes between the British government and Caribbean nationalists over regional integration, the Cold War, immigration policy and financial aid. The central argument of the book challenges those accounts which attribute the post-independence problems of the Anglophone Caribbean to the inadequacies of nationalist leadership and provides a new assessment of the failures of British policy. Based on research in British, Caribbean and American archives, Ordering Independence offers the first comprehensive account of the end of empire in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, St. Kitts, Grenada and British Guiana.

SPENCER MAWBY is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Nottingham, UK, who writes and teaches on the end of the British empire. His previous books include Containing Germany (Palgrave, 1999) and British Policy in Aden and the Protectorates (Routledge, 2005).

British Images of Germany

British Images of Germany: Admiration, Antagonism & Ambivalence, 1860-1914 is the first full-length cultural history of Britain’s relationship with Germany and the Germans in the key period before the First World War. Representing a recent about-face in scholarly appreciations of Anglo-German relations, Richard Scully reassesses the assumption that the relationship in the lead up to 1914 was increasingly fraught and reveals a more complex picture: that a longstanding sense of kinship felt by Britons for Germany and the Germans persisted right up to the outbreak of war, even surviving times of acute diplomatic tension. This innovative re-examination incorporates the reading of British images of Germany in maps, travel literature, fiction and political cartoons: forms which have never before been appreciated for the light they shed on this fascinating period of history.

RICHARD SCULLY is Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. He received his PhD from Monash University in 2008, where he lectured in history and international studies. With Marian Quartly he edited the 2009 volume Drawing the Line: Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence.

If you would like more information on Ordering Independence or British Images of Germany, or you are interested in the other titles in our book series, please visit our Palgrave webpage at

V. Lecture Series: Professor Christopher Andrew on MI5

Professor Christopher Andrew


Professor Christopher Andrew, Convenor of Cambridge University Intelligence Seminar and Emeritus Professor of Modern & Contemporary History

When: 5 February 2013, 17:30-18:30

Where: Newcastle University

Christopher Andrew’s history of MI5, based on exclusive access to its files as official historian, was the 2010 UK best-seller in the ‘politics’ category. He has also written best-selling histories of Russian and US intelligence. His talk, illustrated with declassified photos of intelligence operations, shows how MI5 altered British security, political, imperial and gender history during a century when its first priority changed from counter-espionage to counter-terrorism.

VI. Sponsored Conference: ‘Wales and the World’

‘Wales and the World’ Conference

When: 1 March 2013

Where: Boardroom. Main Building. Caerleon Campus, University of Wales, Newport

Main Building, Caerleon Campus

This conference brings together experts in Welsh History under the auspices of The British Scholar Society. As an Associate Editor of the Society, Richard Allen, with the cooperation of the History team at the University of Glamorgan and the South Wales Centre for Historical and Interdisciplinary Research (SWCHIR) at University of Wales, Newport, has organised a joint-sponsored conference for St David’s Day 2013 entitled ‘Wales and the World’.

For a draft conference programme, go to

VII. The British Scholar Society’s Preface Documentary Series on Community Channel

Media Trust’s Community Channel (, a free-to-air channel broadcast on Sky 539, Virgin Media 233, Freeview 87, and BT Vision, will soon begin airing documentaries produced by The British Scholar Society. Please check the Society’s webpage ( in the coming days for more information on this exciting development.

VIII. Update on 2013 Britain and the World Conference: Our Hotel Room Block is Now Available

We have secured a room block at the Hilton Garden Inn on the famed Sixth Street in downtown Austin for The British Scholar Society’s Britain and the World Conference 2013. Room rates are set at $159 per night. The room block is available until 25 February or whenever the rooms run out. We encourage you to reserve your room as soon as possible given that the Texas Relays are occurring the same weekend and hotels will be hard to come by as we get nearer to the date. To reserve your room online today please visit our group booking page at:

A free shuttle will run once a day from the Hilton Garden Inn to the conference at the University of Texas in the morning with a scheduled return trip in the afternoon. Shuttle times will be announced closer to the conference. The hotel places you right in the heart of our magnificent capital city and just a short 2 miles from the Harry Ransom Center and the University of Texas at Austin. Here is some additional information about hotel amenities directly from Hilton:  All our guest rooms and suites feature excellent amenities like one king-sized or two queen-sized Garden Sleep System beds, offering the perfect balance of comfort and support. After a busy day, relax in front of the 42-inch flat-screen LG TVs or surf the net with complimentary WiFi with secure remote printing through PrinterOn®. All our rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, large desk area, hairdryer and iron with board for your convenience.

IX. Our September and October 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.

September Columns:

Mark Doyle, The Death of Lords Reform

October Columns:

Mark Doyle, “Muslim Rage” in British India

Leslie Rogne Schumacher, A Not-So-Distant Mirror: The “Image Problem” in American and Imperial British External Policy

Helene von Bismarck, The British Government, Arab Nationalism and the Iraqi Revolution of 1958

X. Book of the Month

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