Announcements: 26th July 2011


Lunchtime Lectures at the National Army Museum

Hear guest speakers examine a wealth of enthralling topics at our free lunchtime lectures, which take place at 12.30pm every Thursday.

Upcoming talks of interest:                                                                                                         29th July 2011: Henry Brackenbury and the South African War by Christopher Brice      1st Sept 2011: The 1st Parachute Brigade in North Africa, 1942-43 by Niall Cherry

See event website for further details.

Lecture: The Gurkhas, Special Force

National Army Museum, London

10th August 2011, 7pm

Acclaimed historian Chris Bellamy uncovers the origins of the Gurkha forces that have been fighting on behalf of Britain for nearly two centuries, earning a reputation as resilient and devastating warriors. Bellamy traces the Gurkhas back to the hills of Nepal and details the extraordinary circumstances which saw them recruited into the British army. He also analyses their rapid emergence as the elite troops of the East India Company and the British Empire.  

See the event website for further details.

Recent Publications

Maya Jasanoff, Liberty’s Exiles: How the Loss of America Made the British Empire (Harper Press, 2011)

A groundbreaking history of the revolutionary era, Liberty’s Exiles tells the story of this remarkable global diaspora. Through painstaking archival research and vivid storytelling, award-winning historian Maya Jasanoff re-creates the journeys of ordinary individuals whose lives were overturned by extraordinary events.

Hilary Carey, God’s Empire: Religion and Colonialism in the British World, c. 1801-1908 (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

This is a ground-breaking study of British and Irish efforts to forge a Christian empire through missions to the settlement colonies-deeply impressive for its balanced judgements, geographical breadth and multi-denominational approach. Hilary Carey has given a promising new direction to the study of imperial religion.

Stewart J. Brown, Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Head of the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

Alistair Thomson, Moving Stories: an intimate history of four women across two countries (Manchester University Press, 2011)

This book represents a unique collaboration between an historian and four ordinary women who were extraordinary letter-writers, family photographers and memoirists. As British migrants to Australia these women recorded in intimate detail aspects of the everyday life and women’s experience that are often lost to history: childcare and housework, housing and domestic appliances, friendship, family and married life. Taken together, their stories enrich and complicate our understanding of key themes in twentieth-century women’s history.  


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