Distilling the Frenzy: Writing the History of Our Times

Distilling the Frenzy: Writing the History of Our Times

Peter Hennessy

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 1849542155

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Britain's leading contemporary historian revisits the grand themes that have run through modern Britain, including the abiding trends of the post-war era—Britain's persistent impulse to punch well above its weight in the world and the secrecy that has too often surrounded state affairs.

In Distilling the Frenzy a heavyweight of British scholarship lays bear the historian's art for all to see, incorporating elements of autobiography that gives the book a poignancy lacking in other grand historical works. This is the story of Britain's century through the eyes of its most celebrated chronicler.

Peter Hennessy is the Attlee professor of contemporary British history at Queen Mary, University of London.

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Rockier patches in Britain’s fortunes since that boyhood formation have very definitely not felt good. And, as during the summer riots of 2011, they still don’t. I am not, as Anthony Trollope described his fictional Whig-Liberal Prime Minister, Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium, one of those for whom ‘patriotism … was a fever’.14 But I have always taken it badly when things run wrong for our country, especially when an element of own-goal scoring is involved. In fact, writing the history.

53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 8. Requesting the Sovereign to grant a dissolution of Parliament (until Parliament passed the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act). 9. Authorising the Cabinet Secretary to facilitate negotiations between the political parties in the event of a ‘hung’ general election result. 10. Managing intra-coalition relationships with the Deputy Prime Minister. Appointments (Made in the name of the Sovereign but chosen by the Prime Minister.) 1. Appointment and.

By making history himself. On grand and romantic occasions it consumed him and unleashed his intoxication with words. He conceived of his country and its institutions historically. He was fully conscious and self-aware about this. In a powerfully autobiographical paragraph – thinly camouflaged as an essay on Lord Rosebery, formerly and very briefly Liberal Prime Minister in 1894–95 – Churchill wrote of his old friend: His life was set in an atmosphere of tradition. The past stood ever at his.

Politician I was surprised and indeed shocked upon my arrival here by the sight of the vast expanse of empty wooden shelves where once the 60,000 books, pamphlets, reports and manuscripts of the historic Foreign Office Library were housed here in this building. The library, part of which was rescued by King’s College, London, ‘embodied’, Mr Hague went on, 500 years of British and world history; of our experiences of exploration, diplomacy, war, peacekeeping and the forging of treaties; of our.

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