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Natalie Ceeney
Chief Executive
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Surrey, TW9 4DU

10 September 2009

Dear Ms. Ceeney,

We write as the principal officers of the North American Conference on
British Studies to express our concern regarding the proposed changes to
TNA service prompted by budgetary cuts. While we realise that changes
are necessary given current economic conditions, and that TNA is
answerable to the British government and must implement costs-savings,
we join a considerable number of other interested groups and individuals
in questioning whether the cuts proposed are the wisest measures TNA
could take to reduce its expenditures.

We represent a large group of scholars, based mainly albeit not
exclusively in Canada and the United States, many of whom use the
archives on a regular basis and for whom it is a vital resource for
their scholarship and career advancement. We include in our numbers not
only those who hold academic positions but also independent scholars and
students working towards higher degrees. For all of these
constituencies, reduced access to TNA will, without question, be a
significant blow. Ours is a membership that, for the most part, can
visit London only for limited periods, and the reduction of hours that a
full day closing each week represents will hit them severely.

Likewise, the vagueness in TNA’s proposed staffing reductions is
worrying. Many of our younger members in particular benefit considerably
from the expertise of your specialist research staff. Reduction in their
numbers or availability will have a direct and powerful impact on
scholars unfamiliar with your holdings, and even on those already
experienced in using your collections.

All of us count TNA amongst the most valuable of the resources we use to
further our studies and researches in a variety of British studies
disciplines, and we are wholly supportive of the organisation. We write,
as so many others both in and beyond British shores have done, to urge a
wholesale reconsideration of the proposed cuts.

Yours sincerely,

Barbara Harris, President, North American Conference on British Studies;
Professor Emerita, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Philippa Levine, Vice-President and President-Elect, Professor,
University of Southern California

William Lubenow, Immediate Past President, Professor, Richard Stockton
College of New Jersey

Andrew August, Executive Secretary, Professor, Pennsylvania State University

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September
3
2009

New Reviews for August on Reviews in History

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The following reviews of interest to followers of The British and Irish Studies Intelligencer were published in August on the Institute of Historical Research’s e-journal Reviews in History.

Two of these are concerned with Ireland. The first (no. 777) consists of a fascinating exchange between Micheál Ó Siochrú (see his response here) and Jason Peacey regarding the former’s recent publication God’s Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the Conquest of Ireland. Emmett O’Connor then reviews (no. 784) the recent biography of Jack Lynch (Jack Lynch: a Biography) by Dermot Keogh, challenging what he sees as the book’s attempts to rehabilitate the former Irish Taoiseach’s reputation.

In addition, Kevin Jefferys takes on (no. 780) Parties at War. Political Organisation in Second World War Britain, written by Andrew Thorpe, while Justin Champion reviews (no. 781) The Blasphemies of Thomas Aikenhead. Boundaries of Belief on the Eve of the Enlightenment, with the author Michael Graham responding here.

As ever, please feel free to send all comments, including suggestions for books you would like to see on Reviews in History to the deputy editor Danny Millum.

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PCCBS will hold its 2010 conference at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, March 19-21, 2010. More information will be forthcoming. Rooms will be reserved for registrants at the Doubletree Hotel.

For more information, visit the PCCBS website: http://www.pccbs.org/?p=127

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August
25
2009

2009 NACBS Election

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The 2009 NACBS election will be held through 6 October 2009. An email with a link to cast your vote was sent to all members with valid email addresses on 25 August 2009. If you prefer to cast your vote manually or the automated link in the email does not work, please contact Darrick Clayton via email at darrick@bigpulse.com or by calling 415.643.3423.

For those members who do not have email addresses on file, paper ballots will be mailed in the first week of September. The deadline for receipt of paper ballots in the Executive Secretary's office is 6 October 2009.

For more information about the 2009 candidates for NACBS offices, click here.

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July
30
2009

New Reviews for July on Reviews in History

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This month Reviews in History focusses on urban history and cities, co-inciding with the IHR's Anglo-American Conference on the same theme.

Three of these reviews are of London-centred studies. There is an assessment by Justin Colson (no. 766, with response) of an attempt to bring together archaeological, documentary and architectural evidence relating to the London Guildhall, namely The London Guildhall: an Archaeological History of a Neighbourhood from Early Medieval to Modern Times by David Bowsher et al.

Then Jacob Field reviews (no. 767) Lost Londons: Change, Crime and Control in the Capital City 1550–1660, Paul Griffiths’ analysis of crime and migrant workers in London during this period. The author’s response can be found here.

Lastly James Gregory (no. 771) takes on Guilty Money: The City of London in Victorian and Edwardian Culture by Ranald Michie (see here for his response), which looks at the way the Square Mile was portrayed in the fiction of this period.

There is also a review (no. 769) by Kate Bradley of Andrew Davies’ book The Gangs of Manchester, the inspiration for the play Angels With Manky Faces which opened last week.

As ever, please feel free to send all comments, including suggestions for books you would like to see on Reviews in History to the deputy editor Danny Millum at danny.millum@sas.ac.uk.

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The North American Conference on British Studies/Southern Conference on British Studies has again arranged with The Scholar’s Choice to manage the combined book exhibit for our annual meeting taking place November 6-8 in Louisville, Kentucky. It will be possible for your recently-published books to be included in their display.  Please refer to the guidelines below:

“Any members interested in having their book displayed at the upcoming NACBS/SCBS meeting should contact their publisher as soon as possible.  Please keep in mind that the publishers pay a fee to display with The Scholar’s Choice and may not have the marketing budget necessary to honor all requests, particularly for older titles. Reservations from the publishers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis so reserving early is highly recommended.  Please note that The Scholar’s Choice displays on behalf of the publishers and ALL requests must come from them, not the author.  The person who handles reservations at The Scholar’s Choice is Debby Pitts. Your publisher may reach her at djpitts@scholarschoice.com or at 585-262-2048 x.108.”

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July
24
2009

NACBS/SCBS 2009 Book Exhibit

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The North American Conference on British Studies/Southern Conference on British Studies has again arranged with The Scholar’s Choice to manage the combined book exhibit for our annual meeting taking place November 6-8 in Louisville, Kentucky. It will be possible for your recently-published books to be included in their display.  Please refer to the guidelines below:

“Any members interested in having their book displayed at the upcoming NACBS/SCBS meeting should contact their publisher as soon as possible.  Please keep in mind that the publishers pay a fee to display with The Scholar’s Choice and may not have the marketing budget necessary to honor all requests, particularly for older titles. Reservations from the publishers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis so reserving early is highly recommended.  Please note that The Scholar’s Choice displays on behalf of the publishers and ALL requests must come from them, not the author.  The person who handles reservations at The Scholar’s Choice is Debby Pitts. Your publisher may reach her at djpitts@scholarschoice.com or at 585-262-2048 x.108.”

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The Southern Conference on British Studies and the North American Conference on British Studies are pleased to announce that registration for the 2009 Meeting is now open.  We hope that you will join us for the Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Kentucky, from 6 to 8 November.   Please consult <http://www.nacbs.org/conferences>  for a copy of the Program in .pdf format and for registration, which is managed through RegOnline.  Registration fees for the 2009 meeting are as follows: $135.00 (NACBS members); $55.00 (graduate students); and $155.00 (Non-Members).  On the conference webpage, you will also find hotel information. The Hyatt Regency will hold rooms at its special conference rates ($115.00-165.00) until 14 October. Those wishing to find room shares are advised to make use of the NACBS Facebook Page
(<http://tinyurl.com/ncqczu>) or H-Albion (<http://www.h-net.org/~albion/>).  Information on air and ground transportation will soon be available online.  Those who will travel to Louisville by air should book flights to the Louisville International-Standiford Field Airport (SDF), which is served by many carriers.

We look forward to seeing you in Louisville.

V. Markham Lester, President and Local Arrangements Chair, Southern
Conference on British Studies

Lara Kriegel, Program Chair, North American Conference on British Studies

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June
26
2009

New Reviews for June on Reviews in History

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The following reviews of interest to readers of the British and Irish Studies Intelligencer have been published in the last month on the Institute of Historical Research's e-journal Reviews in History.

Two of these are on Victorian England, with Victoria Le Fevre reviewing Kathleen Callanan Martin's Hard and Unreal Advice: Mothers, Social Science and the Victorian Poverty Experts, and Stuart Jones taking on The Invention of Altruism: Making Moral Meanings in Victorian Britain by Thomas Dixon.

On a different tack Sonja Levsen reviews Thomas Weber’s Our Friend ‘The Enemy’: Elite Education in Britain and Germany Before World War 1, which compares the university cultures of the two countries in these key years.

We also have a review by Ingrid Tague of Johanna Rickman’s study of extra-marital sex in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Love, Lust, and License in Early Modern England: Illicit Sex and the Nobility, as well as Kate O’Malley’s recent publication Ireland, India and Empire: Indo-Irish Radical Connections, 1919–64, which draws out the parallels and connections between the independence struggles in both countries, and is reviewed here by Keith Jeffery.

Finally Andrew Dilley's review article surveys two books taking new historical approaches to Australia and Canada's experiences of empire, namely Australia's Empire edited by Deryck M. Schreuder and Stuart Ward and Canada and the British Empire, edited by P. Buckner.

As ever, please feel free to send all comments, including suggestions for books you would like to see on Reviews in History to the deputy editor Danny Millum at danny.millum@sas.ac.uk.

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The North American Conference on British Studies is delighted to announce a new editorial team for the Journal of British Studies, who will take up their positions at the start of the academic year 2009-2010. The new editors will be Brian Cowan and Elizabeth Elbourne of McGill University. The new book review editors will be Amy Froide (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Gail Savage (St. Mary's College of Maryland). The officers of the NACBS would like to extend a warm welcome to the new team, and deep gratitude to the outgoing team who have done so much for the journal -- Anna Clark (University of Minnesota), Patrick McDevitt (SUNY Buffalo), and Claire Schen (SUNY Buffalo).

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