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Object interviews as a means of studying everyday life
Helen Holmes

Introduction Since the material turn in the social sciences, researchers have been exploring new ways to engage with the objects and materials of everyday life. Such methods aim to overcome subject–object binaries, placing the very substance of materials at the core of their inquiry (Gregson and Crewe, 1998 ). This chapter takes one such approach – object interviews – to explore how objects and materials structure our everyday lives and relationships. This method involves not only unearthing the significance of objects to their owners, but also

in Mundane Methods
Harold Wilson, Lyndon B. Johnson and Anglo-American relations ‘at the summit’, 1964–68

This book is based mainly on government sources, namely material from the White House, State Department, Foreign Office (FO), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Prime Minister's Office (PREM) and Cabinet (CAB). Private papers consulted include those of Harold Wilson, Foreign Secretary George Brown and Undersecretary of State George Ball. The book explores a period of the Wilson-Johnson relationship. It considers the seven weeks from Wilson's election until he went to see Lyndon B. Johnson on 7-9 December, a formative period in which Britain cultivated American financial support and which saw pre-summit diplomacy over the NATO Multilateral Force (MLF). The book covers the summit in detail, examining the diplomatic exchanges over the Vietnam War, the British commitment East of Suez and the MLF, as well as the interplay of personality between Wilson and Johnson. By exploring the relationship of the two leaders in the years 1964-1968, it seeks to examine their respective attitudes to the Anglo-American relationship. The book then assesses the significance of an alleged Anglo-American strategic-economic 'deal', Wilson's 'Commonwealth Peace Mission' to Vietnam, and another Wilson visit to Washington. It also considers why the personal relationship between Johnson and Wilson suffered such strain when the Labour government 'dissociated' the UK from the latest American measures in Vietnam. Next, the book addresses the period from August 1966-September 1967, during which Wilson launched an intense but abortive effort to initiate peace negotiations over Vietnam, and London announced plans to withdraw from military bases East of Suez.

John Lough

Wishful thinking about Russia has extended to the economy too. German officials, politicians and commentators tend to overstate the economic value of Germany’s trade relationship with Russia based on its potential rather than its reality. Admittedly, Germany currently imports from Russia around 50 per cent of its coal, nearly 40 per cent of its natural gas and just over a third of its crude oil while it has a significant share in the Russian market for its machinery and cars. Nevertheless, its overall trade with Russia is surprisingly small given the size of

in Germany’s Russia problem
Laura Ugolini

•  8  • Families and relationships Introduction In April 1918 Horace Joseph spent two days in Gloucester, visiting an uncle: ‘it was a rest to be away … from the Bursary, and rationing, and the Volunteers’.1 Networks of family and friends were extremely important to middle-class men, and became even more so during the war. It was within these networks that they often spent their working hours, as well as their leisure time. It was from these that they sought information, advice, solace in time of trouble and sometimes practical help. As Joseph found, family and

in Civvies
The body politics
Irene O'Daly

to make about political life. Even weaknesses of the metaphor are worked to his advantage; for example, John exploits the lack of consensus on one single locus of power within the body to subtly analyse the relationship between the priesthood and prince. Further examples of analogical induction include the metaphoric significance of the spatial distance between the head and the feet, the duality behind the ascription of one hand to the army and the other to officials, and the manner in which John divides up offices between external ‘limbs’ and internal organs

in John of Salisbury and the medieval Roman renaissance
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Anglo-American affinities and antagonisms 1854–1936

This book addresses the special relationship from the perspective of post-Second World War British governments. It argues that Britain's foreign policy challenges the dominant idea that its power has been waning and that it sees itself as the junior partner to the hegemonic US. The book also shows how at moments of international crisis successive British governments have attempted to re-play the same foreign policy role within the special relationship. It discusses the power of a profoundly antagonistic relationship between Mark Twain and Walter Scott. The book demonstrates Stowe's mis-reading and mis-representation of the Highland Clearances. It explains how Our Nig, the work of a Northern free black, also provides a working-class portrait of New England farm life, removed from the frontier that dominates accounts of American agrarian life. Telegraphy - which transformed transatlantic relations in the middle of the century- was used by spiritualists as a metaphor for the ways in which communications from the other world could be understood. The story of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship is discussed. Beside Sarah Orne Jewett's desk was a small copy of the well-known Raeburn portrait of Sir Walter Scott. Henry James and George Eliot shared a transatlantic literary network which embodied an easy flow of mutual interest and appreciation between their two milieux. In her autobiography, Gertrude Stein assigns to her lifelong companion the repeated comment that she has met three geniuses in her life: Stein, Picasso, and Alfred North Whitehead.

Striking the balance
Tricia Bacon

Introduction The U.S.–India strategic partnership is often heralded as rooted in the shared values of democracies, 1 but in practice the counterterrorism relationship is a sometimes uneasy combination of shared values and interests that do not fully align, especially when it comes to Pakistan. Despite differences, since the efforts to forge a stronger relationship between the two countries began in earnest in 2000, counterterrorism has featured prominently on the bilateral agenda. Counterterrorism was one

in The future of U.S.–India security cooperation
Jonathan Colman

. Wilson’s treatment by the White House led him to question the value of his relationship with Johnson and Britain’s ties with the United States. The British decision in 1966 to seek membership of the EEC strengthened this outlook, as did Britain’s planned withdrawal from East of Suez by the mid1970s. Johnson opposed any announcement of a withdrawal from the region, at least until the United States had succeeded in Vietnam, a

in A ‘special relationship’?
Margaret Brazier
Emma Cave

occasions when the law allows or compels the doctor to breach confidence may shock many. The chapter also explores what the patient is entitled to be told. From the patient’s viewpoint the doctor’s obligation of confidence exists to prevent the doctor passing on information about the patient to third parties. A relationship of trust requires that this should not happen. Trust also requires that the doctor be frank with the patient. Information about the patient should generally not be withheld from him. It is ‘his’ information not the doctor’s, and so we also ask how far

in Medicine, patients and the law (sixth edition)
Adolescence, school and French polish
Caroline Bowden

I can never enough congratulate my self on the courage I had to part with my sweet little companion for to give her an opportunity of attaining every excellence. 1 So wrote Lady Frances Jerningham on 22 August 1785, nearly a year after sending her fourteen-year-old daughter Charlotte to the French Ursuline school in Paris where she was to remain until November 1786. This brief extract shows both the warmth of her relationship with her daughter

in Religion and life cycles in early modern England