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Machiavellian Moments and the Exigencies of Leaving

Stuart Ward

hometown of Christchurch. 2 Here, he delivered a lecture at the University of Canterbury on a subject seemingly far-removed from his main enterprise. “British History: A Plea for a New Subject” was Pocock's “cry from the wilderness” (as he later termed it

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Unruly Tramscapes

Literary Mobilities and 1930s London Tramway Closure Events

Jason Finch

points towards a reading of mid-twentieth-century British history and London history as filled with social contestation focused around public transport. Tramscape has a two-fold function. It is both a hermeneutic framework for the empirics of actual

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'The first Essay of a new Brytish Poet'?

Penny McCarthy

The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, Cymbeline, and Pericles have been perceived as constituting a distinct group – ‘romances’ – only since 1874, as Barbara Mowat remarks.1 In the First Folio, the first two of these plays were classified as comedies, the third as tragedy. Pericles, not included in the Folio, never received a classification, but was known anomalously as ‘a play called Pericles’ in both quarto and the Third Folio. I shall argue that Cymbeline is to be seen as neither romance nor tragicomedy, but as an ‘early British History’. Close investigation of the play in relation to the historical section of Loves Martyr (published in 1601) will help to place it not in 1609–1610, but early in Shakespeare’s career. It is anti-Tudor in sentiment, and opposed to James as a prospective king. It subtly promulgates the rule of the Dudleys. The meaning of the contested term ‘British’ is key to this interpretation.

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When Was Brexit? Reading Backward to the Present

Antoinette Burton

follow offer a modest start to such a project by addressing the question “When was Brexit?” in order to suggest how we might reframe 2016 and thereafter as a symptom of longer, deeper, and very British histories. We hope that this assemblage of texts and

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Postimperial Melancholia and Brexit

Marc Matera

tropes that enabled Brexiteers to reframe recent British history as a tale of bondage and betrayal at the hands of the state, cosmopolitan elites, and dictatorial bureaucrats in Brussels. The invocations of the Anglosphere not only echo earlier calls for

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Must Labour Lose?

The 1959 election and the politics of the people

Charlotte Lydia Riley

Fielding, “Rethinking Labour's 1964 Campaign,” Contemporary British History 21, no. 3 (2007): 309–324, here 312, doi: 10.1080/13619460600825873 . 3 Almost three-quarters of 18–24-year-olds voted Remain in the referendum, and 68 percent of those with a

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“What to Do with the Girls?” The Legacy of Women Farm Workers in Britain, 1919–1939

Bonnie White

also, Lucy Noakes, “From War Service to Domestic Service: Ex-Servicewomen and the Free Passage Scheme, 1919–1922,” Twentieth Century British History 22, no. 1 (2010): 1–27; J. Cavell, “The Imperial Race and the Immigration Sieve,” Journal of Imperial

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The Corpus of London

(Dis)covering the Victorian City

David W. Chapman

Council . . Survey of London . 1975 . Vol. 38 , “ South Kensington Museums Area.” London County Council . . Tames

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“To Tell It as We Know It”

Black Women's History and the Archive of Brexit Britain

Kennetta Hammond Perry

, “The New Cross Fire of 1981 and Its Aftermath,” in Hakim Adi, ed. Black British History , ed. Hakim Adi (London: Zed Books, 2019), 162–175. 20 Stuart Hall, “From Scarman to Stephen Lawrence,” History Workshop Journal 48 (1999): 187–197, here 189

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Refugee or Alien?

The Long-Term Influence of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants on the Reception of German Jews into Great Britain in the 1930s

Diana Packer

Walvin, Passage to Britain: Immigration in British History and Politics (London: Penguin Books, 1984), 63; Englander, Documentary History , 69–70. 9 Gartner, Jewish Immigrant , 24, 25, 29; Chaim Bermant, Point of Arrival: A Study of London’s East