Camden Series

The Royal Historical Society (and its predecessor body, the Camden Society) has published editions of primary sources on British History since 1838.

It is an excellent collection of editions of sources and important unpublished texts for historians, with expert commentary, and many of the early volumes remain in regular use. The publication is on-going (two volumes per annum), and is currently published by Cambridge University Press. The series now comprises over 325 volumes.

Access the Camden Series Online

Over 325 volumes of the Camden Society publications are now available on-line through Cambridge Journals Online, providing an extraordinarily rich conspectus of source material for British history as well as window on the development of historical scholarship in the English speaking world.

A number of volumes are freely available through British History Online.

Contributing to the Series

If you have a proposal for a Camden Society volume, please read the Camden Style Guidelines and complete the Camden Series Proposal Form.

Please send your completed proposal to: literary.directors@royalhistsoc.org

 

Recently published Fifth Series Volumes

Volume 62: British Financial Diplomacy with North America 1944–1946. The Diary of Frederic Harmer and the Washington Reports of Robert Brand, edited by Michael F. Hopkins

Financial diplomacy was vital to Britain during the Second World War. Over half the British war effort was sustained by US Lend-Lease assistance and Canadian Mutual Aid. In 1945 the country emerged victorious in the greatest war in history but economically drained. These contradictory circumstances faced the new Labour government, committed to a major programme of economic and social reform. It was clear that economic adjustment to peacetime would require further American and Canadian finance.

This book contains the diary of Frederic Harmer, close aide to John Maynard Keynes during the discussions in Washington that led to an American loan. It also includes the reports and evaluations from Washington of Robert Brand, head of the Treasury team at the British Embassy, during the closing phases of Lend-Lease in 1944–1945, the British debates on how to secure US and Canadian financial assistance, the American loan talks in 1945 and the pursuit of a Canadian loan in 1946. These two sources vividly convey thinking about priorities and tactics in British financial diplomacy but also offer acute observations on the broader Anglo-American relationship.

Published on 9 November 2021. Read Michael F. Hopkins’ Introduction to the volume.

RHS Fellows and Members may purchase this volume in hardback print for the reduced rate of £16: to order please email: membership@royalhistsoc.org, marking your email ‘Camden Society’.

 

Volume 61: Sir Earle Page’s British War Cabinet Diary, 1941–1942, edited by Kent Fedorowich and Jayne Gifford

This invaluable almost daily wartime account of Sir Earle Page’s eight-month mission to London provides crucial insights into Anglo-Australian, Anglo-Dominion and United States–Australian wartime relations during a crucial phase of the Second World War. It offers an intriguing understanding into the man himself: his own thoughts about Australia during the war; his hopes for its future after the war; and the personal relations Page had with leading political figures, military officials, and policy-makers of the day.

The diary revolves around a number of interrelated themes: the battles to represent Australia in the British War Cabinet and to secure a larger share for Australia of lucrative wartime food contracts; and the future of Anglo-Australian relations in the Pacific as the United States asserted its dominance over its British ally. The ill-fated defence of Malaya/Singapore and the stunning collapse of British prestige at the hands of the Japanese between December 1941 and May 1942 serves as a backcloth to Page’s mission and its evolving significance.

Published on 1 July 2021. Read Kent Fedorowich and Jayne Gifford’s Introduction to the volume.

RHS Fellows and Members may purchase this volume in hardback print for the reduced rate of £16: to order please email: membership@royalhistsoc.org, marking your email ‘Camden Society’.

 

Volume 60:  The Letters and Reports of British Consular and Diplomatic Agents in Tripoli: 1792–1832, edited by Sara ElGaddari

This edition will present the official correspondence and reports of the British consular and diplomatic agents stationed in the Regency of Tripoli from 1795 to 1832, during the last substantive reign of a Qaramanli dynast, Yusuf Pasha Qaramanli (1766–1838). The correspondence and reports of Consuls Simon Lucas, William Wass Langford and Hanmer Warrington attest to the highly political role played by British consuls to ‘Barbary’. These letters and reports are presented in this volume for the first time.

These dispatches also emphasize the importance of Tripoli to British strategic interests and ambitions in North Africa and the Mediterranean during the early nineteenth century. As well as providing political intelligence on local and regional developments, the correspondence reveals in detail both the personal ambitions of the consuls and the official interests of the British government. In doing so, the consular dispatches provide evidence of the development of an influential bridgehead and protected imperial presence in Tripoli in the post-Napoleonic era.

RHS Fellows and Members may purchase this volume in hardback print for the reduced rate of £16: to order please email: membership@royalhistsoc.org, marking your email ‘Camden Society’.

 

Volume 59: The Papers of John Hatsell, Clerk of The House of Commons 1768 – 1820, edited by Peter J Aschenbrenner and Colin Lee

John Hatsell (1733–1820) held the office of Clerk of the House of Commons from 1768 to 1820. In his letters and Memorabilia entries–published here for the first time–Hatsell brought to bear his intimate familiarity with high politics during the reign of George III.  Hatsell’s expertise in financial policy inspired him to offer counsel to Pitt the Younger during Pitt’s first premiership (1783–1801).

Hatsell’s other correspondents include Henry Addington (speaker 1789–1801 and prime minister 1801-04), Charles Abbot (speaker 1802-17), and William Eden (diplomat and President of the Board of Trade in the Ministry of All the Talents, 1806-07).  Hatsell centres his attention on the enduring constitutional significance of the changes he experienced in his public and private life. Hatsell’s wry humour is often on display as he reveals the lighter side of social and political life in Great Britain.

RHS Fellows and Members may purchase this volume in hardback print for the reduced rate of £16: to order please email: membership@royalhistsoc.org, marking your email ‘Camden Society’.

 

Volume 58: The Letters of Paul de Foix. French Ambassador at the Court of Elizabeth I, 1562-1566, edited by David Potter

This volume presents the surviving correspondence of the French ambassador to the court of Elizabeth I from 1562-66, Paul de Foix. Paul de Foix was an intriguing figure: a liberal Catholic reformer suspected of heresy, a scholar and patron of scholars and a trusted agent of Catherine de Medici. All this was at a time of civil war in France, war between France and England and growing tension between England and Scotland over Mary Stuart’s marriage.

Taken from volumes preserved at the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris and the L’Aubespine archive, which was dispersed between the 1830s and the 1990s, de Foix’s letters and reports throw light on many aspects of Elizabethan politics and society, notably on the Queen’s demeanour as a negotiator, on the question of her marriage and on the role of an ambassador in a period of extreme instability both in France and England.

RHS Fellows and Members may purchase this volume in hardback print for the reduced rate of £16: to order please email: membership@royalhistsoc.org, marking your email ‘Camden Society’.

 

Volume 57: The Rise of Labour and the Fall of Empire. The Memoirs of William Hare, Fifth Earl of Listowel, edited by H. Kumarasingham

The life and career of William Francis Hare (1906–1997), fifth Earl of Listowel, witnessed some of the most remarkable events in twentieth-century British history. Joining a small band of Labour supporters in the House of Lords in 1932 and later holding senior ministerial posts under Attlee, he was at the forefront of Labour politics for over sixty years. At the time of his death in 1997, he was the longest serving member of both the House of Lords and the Privy Council.

Educated at Eton and Oxford and Cambridge, ‘Billy’ Listowel, born into an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family, was from an early age devoted to social democracy and to eradicating injustice in Britain and the world. During the interwar years he witnessed the fall of Republican Spain and campaigned on behalf of China. He served in the intelligence corps, and eventually took office in the wartime coalition.

Entering the Attlee Cabinet in 1945 while still in his thirties, he became the last Secretary of State for India and Burma and thus took a critical role in the climactic end of Britain’s Indian Empire and the subsequent emergence of the modern states of India, Pakistan and Burma. Further roles awaited him, including official work in Australasia, the Caribbean, and Africa, and being Kwame Nkrumah’s choice to be the last Governor General of Ghana. Listowel remained active in the Lords and in Labour politics well into the 1980s. The Rise of Labour and the Fall of Empire gives a privileged account of British History in the twentieth century and especially of the decolonization of the British Empire.

RHS Fellows and Members may purchase this volume in hardback print for the reduced rate of £16: to order please email: membership@royalhistsoc.org, marking your email ‘Camden Society’.

 

Volume 56: British Envoys to the Kaiserreich, 1871-1897, edited by Markus Mösslang

British Envoys to the Kaiserreich, 1871-1897 concentrates on Anglo-German history prior to German Weltpolitik. Volume II presents official diplomatic reports from the British embassy at berlin (German Empire) and from the four independent legations in Darmstadt (Hesse and Baden), Dresden (Saxony), Stuttgart (Württemberg), and Munich (Bavaria) during the years 1884 to 1897. The selection reveals the attitudes and perceptions of British observers in a period of great diplomatic activity and increasingly complex Anglo-German relations.

The dispatches offer new perspectives on the rise of German colonialism and imperialism, the early years of Wilhelm II’s reign, the final years of Bismarck’s chancellorship and the New Course under his successor Leo von Caprivi, as well as on the varied British interests in Germany and its regional peculiarities. They also mirror the diplomats’ increasing attention to German press coverage of both domestic and foreign affairs, and especially to Anglophobic tendencies in German public opinion.

RHS Fellows and Members may purchase this volume in hardback print for the reduced rate of £16: to order please email: membership@royalhistsoc.org, marking your email ‘Camden Society’.

 

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