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Matthew Spooner

9780719082542_C01.qxd 8/9/11 15:50 Page 40 Response to Simon Schama Matthew Spooner Four years into the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln reminded the country that those who fought to preserve slavery and those who fought to destroy it ‘read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and both invoke His will against the other’.1 Lincoln understood, as many of his countrymen did not, that American Christianity is a pliable thing, as rife with contradiction and open to interpretation as America itself. In the decades before the Civil War a long line of

in Religion and rights
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The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2008
Editor: Wes Williams

This book addresses the relationship between human rights and religion. The original blurb for the Oxford Amnesty Lectures of 2008 invited speakers and audiences to ponder arguments for the God-given source of human rights. The book explains how biblical inspiration (both Old and New Testament) fuelled the anti-slavery protests and later the civil rights movement in the United States. It develops the particular relevance, for arguments over human rights within Islam, of the writings of the medieval philosopher Muhammad al-Ghazali who justified an openness towards constructive engagement with other traditions. The book shows where the philosophical worldviews that inform the religion of Islam and the rights discourse may be distant from each other. It illustrates the challenge of taking the real world of human practice seriously while avoiding simplistic arguments for pluralism or relativism. The book focuses on Simon Schama's evocation of the religious fervour which helped feed the long struggles for liberation among American slave communities. It discusses the understanding of human rights in the Roman Catholic tradition. The book also shows that the Christian experience of Pentecost and what it means to learn to speak as well as understand another's language, is a continuing resource God has given the church to sustain the ability to suffer as well as respond to those who suffer for the long haul. The book argues that moral progress consists in the universalisation of Western liberal democracy with its specific understanding of human rights.

Simon Schama

9780719082542_C01.qxd 8/9/11 15:50 Page 21 1 Race, faith and freedom in American and British history Simon Schama ‘The Americans, they’re not really like us, are they?’ said the lady beside me at a lunch in the Welsh countryside last spring, pretending, only momentarily, a kind of grand bafflement before going on to pronounce her own answer: ‘they’re so religious’. To which one could only concede, yes, they were, but possibly not in the way she assumed – which was of course to classify them as credulous devotees of right-wing fanatics sworn to uproot the

in Religion and rights
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Natasha Alden

attention to the operation of postmemory in these texts, as well as to the way in which each author manipulates source material in their writing, it is impossible to understand either how historical fiction has developed in the last twenty years, or how we are engaging with the perennial human problem of understanding experience outside our own lives. These novels function as extended metonymic fragments: impasses in representation and historical understanding do not thwart postmemorial fiction, they create it. Simon Schama offers one type of resolution – to accept the

in Reading behind the lines
Helena Chance

region for the wealthy, including the Patterson family. Patterson also loved cabins as they reminded him of his rural roots. As Simon Schama has suggested in his discussion of Thomas Cole’s painting of 1847 Home in the Woods, the ‘rustic wooden virtue’ of the log cabin in American tradition represented the pioneer’s occupation and taming of the wilderness, an ambivalent image of the ‘savage’ and the ‘social’ that Henry David Thoreau embedded into American culture with his cabin at Walden Pond.36 By 1918, when the city took over the park, the NCR workforce and club

in The factory in a garden
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A comparison of episodic war narratives during the Revolt in the Low Countries
Jasper van der Steen

again around ­1600 – ­when North and South negotiated a ­ceasefire – ­to remind the Dutch population of Spanish cruelties from the early years of the Revolt.29 The fundamental arguments of William of Orange about the cruel and tyrannical nature of the Spanish remained useful, but these were couched in a historical narrative intended to bring home to the Dutch audience the perceived perfidy of Spain all the more strongly. Thus they created, in the words of Simon Schama, a ‘parade of readily recognisable events’.30 FAGEL 9781526140869 PRINT.indd 152 19/02/2020 07

in Early modern war narratives and the Revolt in the Low Countries
Dividing the Crown in early colonial New South Wales, 1808–10
Bruce Baskerville

South Wales motto Sic fortis Etruria crevit taken from Virgil’s Georgics , extolled the virtues of rural life and industry supposedly practised by the ancient Etruscans and from which Rome and its empire had grown. 29 The motto is usually translated as ‘So, I suppose, brave Etruria grew’, or ‘So, this is how Etruria grew.’ Simon Schama has commented on Virgil’s description of the beehive, one of

in Crowns and colonies
The spectacle of death and the aesthetics of crowd control
Emma Galbally and Conrad Brunström

cut off the Head of State privileges even as it desecrates an ideal of ‘Headship’. The guillotine’s role in public execution was therefore to offer a symbol of irrevocable finality, alongside a necessarily incalculable element of terror (Paulson, 1983 : 23). The precision and predictability of the guillotine leant itself easily to representation. Simon Schama ( 1989 ) records that it was the relentless

in The Gothic and death
Sources of anti-Americanism
Mitchell B. Reiss

with an involvement in public affairs. MUP_Hume_Peacemaking.indd 147 11/10/2013 15:25 148 Mitchell B. Reiss Notes   1 As well as, as sanctioned by the Security Council, to restore or maintain international peace and security or punish aggression.  2 Senate Resolution 54 – Paying Tribute to John Hume, Congressional Record, 151: 15 (14 February 2005), S1356–S1357, pkg/CREC-2005-02-14/pdf/CREC-2005-02-14-pt1-PgS1356-4.pdf (last accessed 18 March 2013).   3 Simon Schama, ‘The Unloved American. Two centuries of alienating Europe’, The New Yorker

in Peacemaking in the twenty-first century
Tim Robinson as narrative scholar
Christine Cusick

places as well as texts, it makes sense that a careful scholar, as a matter of credibility and authority, should check those sources, making use of what Simon Schama calls “the archive of the feet”.’12 While Slovic is often recognised as a founding voice of formal narrative scholarship, Terry Gifford notes that ‘narrative scholarship has, in a sense, been an assumption behind American nature writing since John Muir’s first published essays’.13 At the same time, Gifford points out, ‘This kind of writing is generally frowned upon in the United Kingdom with the suspicion

in Unfolding Irish landscapes