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A Tale Of Two State Visits

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.” Thus Charles Dickens begins “A Tale of Two Cities.” Would that the greatest of all novelists could return to us for a week. For it would take Dickens in his prime to do full justice to President Trump’s state visit to Britain this week. At its best, a state visit to Britain dazzles the foreign head of state. Not much dazzles Trump, aside from his own very stable genius, but being greeted by Her Majesty the Queen on Monday should come close. She has, after all reigned since Trump was five. She has been receiving presidents since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Read Here – The Boston Globe

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Can Scotland Go It Alone?

It’s not England from which many Scots wish to detach themselves. It’s London, the oversize hub controlling the revenue of an undersize empire. The Scots’ prickliness is understandable, and an untethered Scotland would satisfy the romantic yearnings of nationalism—Braveheart without the gore. Outright independence, however, would rupture valuable commercial ties for uncertain benefits.

Read Here – Businessweek

Rising Sons (And Daughters) Add Pep To British Politics

British politics often seems dull without a glamorous political dynasty such as the Kennedys, the Bhuttos or our own Nehru-Gandhi family. Britons, of course, retort that they have one of the world’s most famous dynasties in the form of the royal family. It is also seen as a measure of the strength of British democracy that it has not allowed political power to be concentrated in a few hands — at least so far.

But is it all about to change?

Read Here – The Hindu

So What’s In Antarctica For Britain?

After the Queen’s visit to the Foreign Office this week, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that the southern part of the British Antarctic Territory will now be known, at least on British maps, as “Queen Elizabeth Land”. Within hours of this announcement, made in acknowledgement of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and her service to the country, the story was top of the tweeting trends in the UK. Why all this interest?

 

Read Here – The Guardian

 

What the Future of Africa Looked Like in 1959

On October 2nd, the South African website Politics Web published an extraordinary historical document, a 26-page memorandum from then-British Foreign Secretary Selwyn Loyd detailing the issues that he thought would affect British policy in Africa over the next decade. The memo gives a sense of just how much was at stake for a British empire in its twilight, an Africa on the verge of independence, and a wider world riven by Cold War-era rivalries. It’s a long and engrossing time warp (would the Southern British Cameroons fall into Ghana’s sphere of influence?), a return to a world where colonialism in its actual, classical sense — as well as Nasserism and Marxism in their actual, classical senses — were still a factor in international politics. More importantly, it was an attempt to think through “what kind of world would follow empire,” according to Frederick Cooper, a New York University professor and reigning expert on the imperial history of Africa.

Read Here – The Atlantic

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