Report from D.C. Bélanger, Eccles Centre Visiting Canadian Fellow 2016

With the Eccles Centre Visiting Canadian Fellowship I was able to pursue my research into French Canadian Loyalism between the 1763 cession of Canada and the 1840 Act of Union, writes Damien-Claude Bélanger. The British Library’s excellent material relating to parliamentary debates and committees was important to my research and reveals new insights into French Canada’s relationship with Britishness and the Empire.

New Book: What Orwell and Snowden Overlooked

In this post Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones introduces his new book We Know All About You: The Story of Surveillance in Britain and America that outlines the development of government surveillance in the United States and the UK since the late eighteenth century to the present. In response to the Fake News and Alternative Facts doctrine twittered so incoherently from…

Report from Marionne Cronin, Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow in North American Studies 2015

The British Library’s collections enabled me to explore the popular culture of 20th-century polar exploration and the changing nature of American cultures of masculinity, writes Marionne Cronin. The British Library’s strong collection of American periodicals and newspapers provided important insights into the ways in which the flight of American aviator Richard Byrd in particular was represented for specific audiences – particularly how notions of masculinity and technological heroism were presented to women and children.

Report from Ben Offiler, Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow in North American Studies 2015

The Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship in North American Studies has given me an excellent foundation from which to expand my project on the origins of the philanthropic organisation Near East Foundation, writes Ben Offiler. My research at the British Library has shown that the connections between philanthropic NGOs and official US foreign policy during the Cold War were complex, dynamic and in a constant state of negotiation.