British Missionaries and Imperial States, 1870-1918
Hardcover ISBN: 0773517995
Draws on archival material to chart the complex and often contradictory reactions of leading British missionary organizations to changing imperial realities around the globe during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Explores pressures that contributed to the formation of imperial policy during a significant period of the evolution of the British empire, and shows that the leadership of British missionary societies was split between those who wanted to be treated without favoritism by the British government and those who had more aggressive expectations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Life of Elizabeth I
Paperback ISBN: 0345425502
An accomplished English biographer, the author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, presents a large-scale, exhaustively researched, illustrated biography that reveals the personality, private life, and romantic intrigues of Elizabeth I. Reader's Guide included. Reissue.
Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850
Hardcover ISBN: 0375421521
Re-examines the history of the British empire from the perspective of those held captive, exploring the dynamics between invader and invaded, the character of cross-cultural conflicts, and the meaning of empire.
Duchess of Devonshire
Paperback ISBN: 0375753834
Provides a dramatic portrait of the colorful life of eighteenth-century British aristocrat Lady Georgiana Spencer, her roles as a society and political hostess, and her disastrous and profligate private life. Winner of the Whitbread Prize. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Hons And Rebels
Paperback ISBN: 1590171101
Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the 1920s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer; Diana, wife to the English fascist chief Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, who fell head over in heels in love with Hitler; and Deborah, later the Duchess of Devonshire. Jessica swung left and moved to America, where she took part in the civil rights movement and wrote her classic exposé of the undertaking business, The American Way of Death. Hons and Rebels is the hugely entertaining tale of Mitford's upbringing, which was, as she dryly remarks, “not exactly conventional. . . Debo spent silent hours in the chicken house learning to do an exact imitation of the look of pained concentration that comes over a hen's face when it is laying an egg. . . . Unity and I made up a complete language called Boudledidge, unintelligible to any but ourselves, in which we translated various dirty songs (for safe singing in front of the grown-ups).” But Mitford found her family's world as smothering as it was singular and, determined to escape it, she eloped with Esmond Romilly, Churchill's nephew, to go fight in the Spanish Civil War. The ensuing scandal, in which a British destroyer was dispatched to recover the two truants, inspires some of Mitford's funniest, and most pointed, pages. A family portrait, a tale of youthful folly and high-spirited adventure, a study in social history, a love story, Hons and Rebels is a delightful contribution to the autobiographer's art.
Inside the Victorian Home
A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England
Hardcover ISBN: 0393052095
Takes readers through daily life in a Victorian house on a room-by-room basis, providing descriptions of each area's furnishings and decorations while recounting events that may have transpired in the rooms of the house.