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It is an excellent collection of editions of sources and important unpublished texts for historians, with expert commentary, and many of the early volumes remain in regular use.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.
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Recently published Fifth Series Volumes
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.
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 1801-1804), Charles Abbot (speaker 1802–1817), and William Eden (diplomat and President of the Board of Trade in the Ministry of All the Talents, 1806–1807). 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.
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.
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 offi ce 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 offi cial 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.
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.
Volume 55: An Account of an Elizabethan Family: the Willoughbys of Wollaton by Cassandra Willoughby, 1670–1735, edited by Jo Ann H Moran Cruz
This Account of an Elizabethan upper-gentry family provides revealing insights into the personal, and often strained, relationships of the Willoughbys of Wollaton. Composed by a descendant, Cassandra Willoughby, at the start of the eighteenth century, it includes fair copies, synopses, and selections of no longer extant letters and household accounts. Of particular interest is the role of female letter-writers and the insight their letters provide into transgressive dynamics and their consequences within a patriarchal society. This is the first complete edition of the manuscript now held in the University of Nottingham Manuscripts and Special Collections’ Middleton archives; it is supplemented by excerpts from early drafts of the Account in the Huntington Library. The introduction details the context in which this account was written and provides background information on the lives of family members and friends of the Willoughby family. This volume will be useful to scholars studying early modern childhood and education, the social dynamics of Elizabethan marriage, the roles of wives, daughters, husbands and fathers, the activities of servants and the functions of a large Elizabethan household with an extended social network.
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