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December 2012/January 2013 Newsletter

In this issue:

I.   Membership Deal
II. Conference Registration Now Available
III. Reminder: Hotel Reservations Now Available for the Britain and the World Conference
IV. “The End of Britain?” A Lecture in Austin, Texas.  31 January 2013.  Sponsored in association with Cambridge in America
V.  The British Scholar Society on Community Channel
VI. Lecture Series Reminder: Professor Christopher Andrew (Cambridge) on MI5
VII. A New Lecture Series Event Announced: Professor Anthony Stockwell (Royal Holloway, University of London) on Proconsuls of the British Empire
VIII. Our Newest Addition to the Book Series: Joseph Eaton’s The Anglo-American Paper War
IX.  Hew Strachan’s Global Britain 2012 Lecture Now Available to Watch Free Online
X. Our November and December 2012 Op-Ed Columns
XI. Book of the Month

I. Membership Deal

If you join or renew your membership in The British Scholar Society before 15 January 2013 you will pay the discounted rate of $49 for the year.  After 15 January the annual membership rate will increase to $59 per year. Go to http://britishscholar.org/british-scholar/membership/ for more details.

II. Conference Registration Now Available

Online registration for the 2013 Britain and the World Conference is now available on the 2013 Conference webpage at http://britishscholar.org/conference/conference-2013/. The conference will meet March 28-30, 2013 at the University of Texas at Austin.  More than 110 scholars from 14 countries on five continents are scheduled to attend the conference.  Major lectures will be given by:

Frank Turner Memorial Lecture: Professor John MacKenzie, Lancaster University – Emeritus

Keynote Address:  Professor Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas at Austin

Britain and the World Lecture:  Professor Anne-Marie Motard, University of Montpellier

Further details on their lectures will follow in the February Newsletter.

III. Reminder: Hotel Reservations Now Available for the Britain and the World Conference

We would like to remind conference participants that 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:

http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/A/AUSGIGI-BSA-20130327/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG.

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.

IV. “The End of Britain?” A Lecture in Austin, Texas.  31 January 2013.  Sponsored in association with Cambridge in America

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General Editor Bryan Glass

On 31 January, General Editor Bryan Glass will give a lecture in Austin, Texas entitled “The End of Britain?” that is co-sponsored by Cambridge in America and The British Scholar Society.  The lecture will look at the rise of nationalism in Scotland following the end of the British Empire and discuss the independence referendum that is scheduled for autumn 2014.  Additional details will be forthcoming in the next week on the British Scholar and Cambridge in America websites.  The lecture will be followed by a Drinks Reception.

V. The British Scholar Society on Community Channel

Media Trust’s Community Channel (http://www.communitychannel.org), 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. Two of our Preface documentaries will air in the UK in January.  More information will follow on the Society’s website (http://britishscholar.org).

VI. Lecture Series Reminder: Professor Christopher Andrew (Cambridge) on MI5

Professor Christopher Andrew

Professor Christopher Andrew

“MI5 FROM THE KAISER TO AL QAEDA”

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

5 February 2013, Newcastle University

17:30-18:30

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 changed British security, political, imperial and gender history during a century when its first priority changed from counter-espionage to counter-terrorism.

VII. A New Lecture Series Event Announced: Professor Anthony Stockwell (Royal Holloway, University of London) on Proconsuls of the British Empire

Professor Anthony Stockwell

Professor Anthony Stockwell

“PROCONSULS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE: THEIR PART IN ITS FALL, 1940-1997”

8 March 2013, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Site Saint Charles

10:30-11:30

VIII.  Our Newest Addition to the Book Series: Joseph Eaton’s The Anglo-American Paper War

Joseph Eaton’s new book The Anglo-American Paper War: Debates about the New Republic, 1800-1825 marks the sixth publication in our Britain and the World series with Palgrave Macmillan.  The Anglo-American Paper War analyzes the forgotten literary conflict that garnered the attention of many renowned British and American writers: a war over images of the United States. The Paper War illustrated the diversity of nationalisms in both the United States and Britain, as Britons used America within their own domestic paper wars and Americans contested the meaning of their young republic. The creation of images of America was a two-way process, as Americans contributed to the creation of British commentaries regarding the United States and Britons shaped American self-understanding. Despite their Anglophobic proclamations of independence, Americans continued to use Britain as their measure. In this volume, Joseph Eaton offers valuable insight into the multiplicity of British and American nationalisms, the maturation of apologetics for slavery, the post-revolution exclusion of women from politics, and the early development of anti-Americanism.

The Anglo-American Paper War is available from www.palgrave.com, www.bn.com, and Amazon.

IX.  Hew Strachan’s Global Britain 2012 Lecture Now Available to Watch Free Online

Professor Hew Strachan’s Global Britain 2012 Lecture, delivered at the Humboldt University in Berlin on 10 May 2012, is now available to view on our Lecture Series page at http://britishscholar.org/outreach/lecture-series/.

In “Sea Power vs. Land Power: the Geopolitics of Germany’s Defeat in the First World War” Professor Strachan argues that maritime power proved vital to victory, enabling Britain to be the arsenal and financier of its allies, and also enabling the United States to be a key player in the war’s outcome. Germany’s geopolitical position was not weak because it was overshadowed by Russia but because it was blockaded by sea. It’s army’s decision to focus on the west more than the east reflected that reality. Geopolitics were and are vital to understanding the war’s outcome, as this lecture explains.

X. Our November and December 2012 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 http://britishscholar.org 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 http://britishscholar.org/publications/op-ed/. There you can click on an individual columnist and their personal pages, which include the columns, will appear.

November Columns:

Mark Doyle, Mau Mauing the Flak Catchers in the London High Court

Helene von Bismarck, Isaiah Berlin and the Humanity of History

December Columns:

Mark Doyle, The Police Reform That Wasn’t

Helene von Bismarck, Defining Decolonization

XI. Book of the Month

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