WHITE Colin, (ed.), Nelson – The New Letters
Description: Nelson was a prolific letter-writer, sometimes writing an average of 10 letters every day. Until recently it was believed that most of those letters had been published. However, during his five-year Nelson Letter Project, Colin White uncovered around 1,200 new or unpublished letters. This book presents over five hundred of these, dating from 1777-1805, which together form a narrative of Nelson's life and career in his own vivid words. Of the letters published, both private and official, all are fully annotated. This volume gives new insight into Nelson's handling of intelligence information, his network of professional contacts, his relationship with Emma Hamilton, his concern with his public image, and accounts of battles and diplomatic negotiations.
Of particular interest to the Nelson and Napoleon enthusiast alike are: Nelson's detailed orders for the Trafalgar and Nile campaigns, the Battle of Copenhagen and the 1801 anti-invasion campaign. Newly-discovered private correspondence includes letters to the Duke of Clarence (later King William IV), the King and Queen of Naples, Prime Minister Addington, Nelson's brother the Reverend William Nelson, and, perhaps of most interest, his letters to Emma Hamilton, which are often passionate and touchingly romantic.
Volume to come out on 14 April.
Colin White is one of Britain's leading Nelson scholars and author notably of The Nelson Encylopedia.
Place and publisher: London: The Boydell Press
Date of publication: 2005
Number of pages: 560
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This study provides the first book-length account of U.S.-Habsburg relations from their origins in the early nineteenth century through the aftermath of World War I and the Paris Peace Conference. By including not only high-level diplomacy but also an analysis of diplomats' ceremonial and social activities, as well as an exploration of consular efforts to determine the citizenship status of thousands of individuals who migrated between the two countries, Nicole M. Phelps demonstrates the influence of the Habsburg government on the integration of the United States into the nineteenth-century Great Power System and the influence of American racial politics on the Habsburg Empire's conceptions of nationalism and democracy. In the crisis of World War I, the U.S.-Habsburg relationship transformed international politics from a system in which territorial sovereignty protected diversity to one in which nation-states based on racial categories were considered ideal.
- This book takes the ceremonial activities, social activities and administrative work of consuls seriously, prompting a rethinking of the importance of these frequently dismissed activities in international relations,
- it also combines a study of high politics with an account of the role of everyday people in shaping international relations, the operation of state, and definitions of sovereignty and identity
- it finally demonstrates the involvement of the U.S. in international affairs prior to WWI, countering the traditional narrative of isolation.
Review of this book by Dr Stephen Tuffnell in Reviews in History, dated 6 March, 2014.
Place and publisher: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 301
This is volume one of Michael Broers' biography of Napoleon. Yes, it's Napoleon's life story. But there are some striking new takes which make it a fascinating read. One that spoke to me was Broers' insistence on the Corsican childhood. The Oxford academic's distinction between Corsicans of the interior and the Corsican coastlanders (aptly set against the image of the Anglo-Irish of the Pale and the Irish of the interior) is fascinatingly new. What's more, this key helps guide the reader throughout the labyrinth of Corsican politics, Paoli, the arrival of the French Revolution, local alliances and conflicts. Broers is also tendentious, when he describes the marriage to Josephine as a mistake! And his insights into the similarities of experience of the soon-to-be imperial couple similarly are compelling. For Napoleon's public career, as Broers himself proudly notes, this is the first ever to have been written using ‘our' Correspondance générale. As a result (not surprisingly), the account is sure and stimulating. Alongside the English-language biographies by John Holland Rose and Steven Englund, his account is one that's going stand the test of time. Roll on volume two!
Peter Hicks, March 2014
Review by Christopher Silvester in the Financial Times, dated 28 February, 2014.
Review by Roger Lewis in the Daily Mail, dated 20 February, 2014.
Place and publisher: London: Faber and Faber
Date of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 608
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This book examines, for the first time, the history of the social, cultural, political and economic presence of the French in London, and explores the multiple ways in which this presence has contributed to the life of the city.
The capital has often provided a place of refuge, from the Huguenots in the 17th century, through the period of the French Revolution, to various exile communities during the 19th century, and on to the Free French in the Second World War.It also considers the generation of French citizens who settled in post-war London, and goes on to provide insights into the contemporary French presence by assessing the motives and lives of French people seeking new opportunities in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It analyses the impact that the French have had historically, and continue to have, on London life in the arts, gastronomy, business, industry and education, manifest in diverse places and institutions from the religious to the political via the educational, to the commercial and creative industries.
Table of contents:
- Introduction: ‘The French in London: a study in time and space', Martyn Cornick & Debra Kelly
- ‘A special case? London's French Protestants', Elizabeth Randall
- ‘Montagu House, Bloomsbury: a French household in London, 1673-1733', Paul Boucher & Tessa Murdoch
- ‘The novelty of the French emigrés in London in the 1790s', Kirsty Carpenter
Note: French Catholics in London after 1789
- ‘Courts in exile: Bourbons, Bonapartes and Orléans in London, from George III to Edward VII', Philip Mansel
- ‘The French in London during the 1830s: multidimensional occupancy', Máire Cross
- ‘Introductory exposition: French republicans and communists in exile to 1848', Fabrice Bensimon
- ‘The French left in exile: Quarante-huitards and Communards in London, 1848-80', Thomas C. Jones & Robert Tombs
- ‘”Almost the only free city in the world”: mapping out the French anarchist presence in London, late 1870s-1914', Constance Bantman
- ‘Experiencing French cookery in nineteenth-century London', Valerie Mars
- ‘The London French from the Belle Epoque to the end of the inter-war period (1880-1939)', Michel Rapoport
- ‘French cultural diplomacy in early twentieth-century London', Charlotte Faucher & Philippe Lane
- ‘Mapping Free French London: places, spaces, traces', Debra Kelly
- ‘"The first bastion of the Resistance": the beginnings of the Free French in London, 1940-1', Martyn Cornick
- ‘Raymond Aron and La France Libre (June 1940-September 1944)', David Drake
- ‘From the 16ème to South Ken? A study of the contemporary French population in London', Saskia Huc-Hepher & Helen Drake
- Conclusion: ‘A temporal and spatial mapping of the French in London', Debra Kelly
Place and publisher: London: Institute of Historical Research
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 516
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