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October 2010 Guest Editor Juliet Gardiner on The People's War... Although Angus Calder’s The People’s War was published in 1969, it remains a magisterial work, an eminently readable and moving account of Britain’s Home Front that advances the view that the post war welfare state was the just entitlement for those who had ‘taken it’ during the Second World War.
Explores the culture of Scotland, one of Europe's oldest nations. Bringing together recent writings on Scotland, the book offers a rich mix of social history, cultural observation and a sharp sense of politics. It begins by looking at Scotland in the 18th century. Without resident king or parliament, the nation was effectively a republic and made a unique contribution to European culture. David Hume, Adam Smith and their contemporaries dominated the intellectual scene, while Ossian , Burns, Scott and Byron launched literary Romanticism. Yet from about 1830, the republic began to wither. The railways took Scottish writers to London, brought English MPs to Scottish constituencies and Queen Victoria to Balmoral. Scottish identity became submerged in British identity and many began to serve a colonial empire they now regarded as their own. By the 1920s, however, Scotland experienced renewed stirrings of political nationalism. By the 1960s the work of MacDiarmid and Grassic Gibbon had become models for younger Scottish writers seeking identity as the British empire clattered to extinction. In 1979, the Labour government offered Scots the chance to vote for an assembly with devolved powers, but decreed that a simple majority was insufficient. This traumatic failure to achieve even limited Home Rule led many writers, musicians, artists and historians to declare cultural independence. A second Scottish republic came into existence. From his vantage point in the second republic , the author examines the historical processes and moments that have shaped modern Scotland.
Oddballs, tinks, heidbangers, saints, keelies, nutters, philosophers and freaks - these apparently marginal lives are not only interesting in their own right but often tell us more about the mores of a country or a time than the lives of its better known citizens (and some of them are included here too). Here, the Japanese poet Basho, the baseball star Babe Ruth and the singer Billie Holiday rub shoulders with Ganesh, Johnny Faa, the Gypsy Laddie and Eliza Donnithorne (true-life model for Dickens' Miss Havisham). Angus Calder has created an original, ex-centric and richly entertaining compendium of brief but essential lives.
The Edinburgh of Angus Calder's poems is not the city of summer tourism and landmark buildings. It is the all-the-year-round arena of lingering mists or brilliant sunlight on grey stone, where seagulls and pigeons command the early-morning streets, curlers sweep their ice at Murrayfield and coarse sportsmen revel on the Meadows.
This is a timely collection of poetry through the ages and throughout the world. Homeric poems, epics and tragedies have been collected from two and a half millennia of literature. Each poem is introduced with a commentary.
A collection of Angus Calder's work dealing with war and memory. Beginning with a section devoted to war memorials and the public remembrance of war, the collection then looks at the lived experience of war for the ordinary soldier.
The Myth of the Blitz was nurtured at every level of society. It rested upon the assumed invincibility of an island race distinguished by good humour, understatement and the ability to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat by team work, improvisation and muddling through. In fact, in many ways, the Blitz was not like that. Sixty-thousand people were conscientious objectors; a quarter of London's population fled to the country; Churchill and the royal family were booed while touring the aftermath of air-raids; Britain was not bombed into classless democracy. Angus Calder provides a compelling examination of the events of 1940 and 1941 - when Britain 'stood alone' against the Luftwaffe - and of the Myth which sustained her 'finest hour'.
Contents: Preface: Norman Buchan, M. P.; Introduction: Angus Calder; Byron the Radical: David Craig; Byron: Radical, Scotish Aristocrat: Andrew Noble; Byron and Catholicism: William Donnelly; Byron and Scott: P. H. Scott; The Provost and His Lord: John Galt and Lord Byron: Margery McCulloch; Lord Byron and Lord Elgin: Douglas Dunn; Byron: An Edinburgh Re-Review: John Curt; Byron, Scott and Scottish Nostalgia: J. Drummond Bone; The Island: Scotland, Greece, and Romantic Savagery: Angus Calder; Byron Landing From a Boat by George Sanders: Michael Rees; On Singing Dark Lochnager: Sheena Blackhall; Afterword: J. Drummond Bone^R