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James R. Lothian

James R. Lothian

Ph.D., University of Chicago , 2006
Modern Britain and Ireland ; Early Modern Britain ; Intellectual History
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My new book, the Making and Unmaking of the English Catholic Intellectual Community, 1910-1950 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009) treats the engagement of a close-knit group of writers and artists, many of them converts to Catholicism, with modernity in general, and specifically with the political and social upheavals of their era, from the Great War, economic depression, and the rise of totalitarianism, to the Italian invasion of Abyssinia, the Spanish Civil War, and the Second World War.

The book reflects my interest in the cultural and intellectual history of modern Britain and Ireland, and particularly with questions of identity and contests over the interpretation of the past. In it I explain how Catholic intellectuals, in ultimately rejecting a uniquely Catholic vision of the English past and a specifically Catholic view of contemporary government and political economy, allowed Catholics to integrate into the broader society and culture of Protestant England.

I am currently working on projects having to do with the influence of anti-Americanism in 20th century British politics and culture, the significance of Tory historiography on modern British politics and national identity, and the role that the “myth” of the Black and Tans and the very real war on the Royal Irish Constabulary played in the making of the Irish nation-state.

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