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February 2013 Newsletter

I. “The End of Britain?” A Lecture by General Editor Bryan S. Glass

General Editor Bryan S. Glass

General Editor Bryan S. Glass

General Editor Bryan S. Glass’ lecture in Austin, Texas entitled “The End of Britain?,” co-sponsored by Cambridge in America and The British Scholar Society, will be held on 19 February from 6 to 8 pm.  The lecture will take place at the The Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.   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.  You must register for the lecture by visiting the Cambridge in America website at  Registration for the event is $15.  Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served and are included with registration.

Special Offer: As a member of The British Scholar Society’s community of scholars, after registering for the event please send an email to editoratbritishscholardotorg  with the subject line of “The End of Britain?” and your registration payment will be refunded to you following the lecture. 

II. Draft Program of 2013 Britain and the World Conference

The draft program for this year’s Britain and the World Conference, held at the University of Texas at Austin between March 28-30, is now online on The British Scholar Society’s website. The program includes all panels, special lectures, and events that we currently have lined up.  Go to for more information.

III. Reminder: Conference Registration Now Available

Online registration for the 2013 Britain and the World Conference is now available on the Society’s website ( The conference will meet March 28-30 at the University of Texas at Austin.  Check for more detailed conference information.

IV. Reminder: Hotel Reservations Now Available for 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:

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.

V. The 2013 Global Britain Lecture: Anthony Stockwell on “Proconsuls of the British Empire: Their Part in its Fall”

Date: Friday, 8 March 2013, at 10.30 a.m.
Venue: Site Saint Charles, Universíté Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Salle des colloques n° 2
(Arrêt du tram Albert 1er)
Everyone is welcome to attend

The British empire was a ragbag of territories lacking a coherent structure and centralised direction. Proconsuls provided the crucial link between metropole and periphery. In the so-called imperial heyday they enjoyed considerable autonomy but, as British power declined and pressures to decolonise mounted, London intervened more directly and super-vised proconsuls more closely. As their powers diminished, however, their role expanded. Indeed, from Mountbatten in India to Patten in Hong Kong, proconsuls were never more significant (though not necessarily more successful) in the management of empire than during the retreat from empire.

Tony Stockwell is Emeritus Professor of Modern History and former head of the History Department at Royal Holloway, University of London. His principal fields of research are British imperial history and the modern history of Southeast Asia. He was editor of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History from 1990 to 2007, and was a member of the project committee for British Documents on End of Empire for which he edited volumes on Malaya and Malaysia. He has been Chair of the Council of the Friends of The National Archives and has twice served as President of the Royal Asiatic Society, most recently in 2006-09, and is currently its Vice President.

VI. Wales and the World Conference – 1 March 2013

Main Building, Caerleon Campus, University of Wales, Newport

Main Building, Caerleon Campus, University of Wales, Newport

This conference brings together experts in Welsh History under the auspices of The British Scholar Society. Under the direction of Associate Editor Richard Allen and 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, we are proud to announce the final programme for our Wales and the World Conference, set for St. David’s Day 2013 (March 1st).  For the complete programme please visit

VII. Call for Monthly Op-Ed Columnists

The British Scholar Society is widening its pool of op-ed columnists, and we are seeking several more scholars who would be willing and able to provide monthly columns on topics of interest to the Society’s members. From historical quagmires to archival discoveries and from political happenings to the state of British history in these turbulent economic times we want to feature your thoughts through your voice. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send us your ideas along with a CV to lesliedotschumacheratgmaildotcom. Those chosen will be provided with 1000 words for their monthly editorial, a free membership in The British Scholar Society for the duration of their tenure, free registration to the 2013 Britain and the World conference in Austin, Texas, and a page featuring their work on our website.

VIII. Table of Contents for the March Issue of Britain and the World

Editorial Introduction

“The History Magna Carta” by Gregory A. Barton


“Military Migrants: British service personnel in Ceylon during the Second World War” by Ashley Jackson

“Averting an African Boycott: British Prime Minister Edward Heath and Rhodesian Participation in the Munich Olympics” by Andrew Novak

“‘All our dear countrymen’? British and Irish expatriates east of the Rhine as recorded in the Triennial Travels of James Fraser of Kirkhill (1634-1709)” by David Worthington

“The Man on the Spot: Christopher Soames and Decolonisation of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia”

“Britain’s First Global Century: England, Scotland and Empire, 1603-1707” by Brian P. Levack

Witness to History

Some Aspects of the United Kingdom’s Relations with Former Colonies: the Australia Case” by Sir Roger Carrick

IX. Upcoming Conferences

Two conferences have been announced that may be of interest to Society members:

1. “The Cause of Labour: 1913 and Beyond.”  This conference will be held at University College Cork on March 1-2, 2013, and it takes the 1913 Dublin Lockout as its central theme and the role of labour in the 1910s and 1920s as its general one. The conference is a free event. Go to to view the poster announcing the event.

2. “A Special Relationship? Critical Explorations after 200 Years of Peace.” This conference engages the theme of the so-called “special relationship” between the United Kingdom and the United States that has existed in the last two centuries.  The conference will be held at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida on November 7-9, 2013. For those interested in presenting a paper, the call for papers deadline for this event is May 15, 2013.  Go to for more information.

X. Call for Papers for Special Journal Edition on “George Orwell and Asia”

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies has announced a special topic for their March 2014 journal edition, which will focus on the role and status of George Orwell and his writings in Asian societies.  The journal invites scholars with an interest in this topic to submit manuscripts for consideration.  The deadline for submission is August 15, 2013.  Go to for more information and the journal’s submission guidelines.

XI. February 2013 Book of the Month


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