History in the House: Some Remarkable Dons and the Teaching of Politics, Character and Statecraft

by Richard Davenport-Hines

On Sale: 12/24/2024

History in the House: Some Remarkable Dons and the Teaching of Politics, Character and Statecraft

by Richard Davenport-Hines

On Sale: 12/24/2024

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About the Book

History in the House pulls back the curtains on Christ Church, Oxford and reveals its great and lasting historical significance.

This is an exciting new historiographical study from the much-acclaimed historian Richard Davenport-Hines. It shows the evolution of historical ideas, purposes and methods in a clerisy that has enjoyed conspicuous influence in England for six centuries. There was growing recognition, in Tudor England, that the study of history especially improved the minds, enlarged the imaginations and broadened the vicarious experience of princes, noblemen and administrators. History showed, by precept and example, good government and bad, virtue and vice in rulers, and the reasons for the success or failure of states.

History in the House looks at the temperaments, ideas, imagination, prejudices, intentions and influence of a select and self-regulated group of men who taught modern history at Christ Church: Frederick York Powell, Arthur Hassall, Keith Feiling, J. C. Masterman, Roy Harrod, Patrick Gordon Walker, and Hugh Trevor-Roper (a Victorian radical, a staunch legitimist of the protestant settlement, a conservative, a Whig, a Keynesian, a socialist, and a contrarian).

Critical Praise

<b>PRAISE FOR <i>ENEMIES WITHIN</i>:</b>

‘Richard Davenport-Hines, in his fascinating and compendious new book … challenges prevailing interpretations and provides answers to all the major questions about spies… As a result, this book manages to be both nostalgic and politically progressive when it seeks to remind us, passionately and eloquently, of the value of trust’
<b><i>Guardian</i></b>

‘Davenport-Hines writes persuasively … Enemies Within provides a comprehensive demolition of many widely accepted myths surrounding communist subterfuge during the Cold War … it is encouraging to come across such an erudite and unapologetically ‘elitist’ counterblast’
<i><b>Spectator</b></i>

‘A supremely accomplished historian … he writes with mordant wit and a merciless eye for distortions … the great virtues of this book lie in the detail Davenport-Hines amasses and his sense of context’
<b><i>Sunday Times</i></b>

‘He is strong on retelling the spy stories … but the chief virtue of the book is the almost revisionist judgments he feels able to make based on his research … in this rich, detailed and entertainingly irascible book’
<b>Book of the Week, <i>The Times</i></b>

‘The product of one of our greatest modern masters of non-fiction Richard Davenport-Hines, Enemies Within is an exhaustive … chronicle of spies in Britain … a mosaic of such vivid detail’
<b>Craig Brown, <i>Mail on Sunday</i></b>

‘There could not be a more experienced interrogator of a subject so festooned with myths of sleaze, power and treachery … Enemies Within is a peculiar and fascinating hybrid’
<b><i>Observer</i></b>

‘Richard Davenport-Hines dissects and destroys … conventional wisdom in his masterly retelling of Britain’s most notorious intelligence disaster … makes his case with splenetic zeal, backed by a formidable array of sources … fascinating’
<b><i>Economist</i></b>

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008285722
  • ISBN 10: 0008285721
  • Imprint: William Collins
  • On Sale: 12/24/2024
  • Pages: 416
  • List Price:38.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / Historical Geography
  • BISAC3 : POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
  • BISAC4 : HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
  • BISAC5 : HISTORY / Social History

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