This is an extract from the Sarah Tryphena Phillips Lecture in American History delivered
by Mr Godfrey Hodgson, on 26 October 1999 at the British Academy.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in Review, July-December 1999.
Jonathan Del Mar began his work of compiling new Urtext Editions of the nine Beethoven Symphonies in 1995. Until now the edition most commonly used by orchestras has been the Breitkopf & Härtel, made as long ago as 1862–4, and the past four years’ research will result in the first complete scholarly edition of the Symphonies since that date. The method of research normally uses as a base the standard Breitkopf score, comparing this in every detail with all surviving sources, primarily from facsimiles and paper copies of microfilms; specific queries are then checked against the original manuscripts, held in repositories all over Europe. This project has been supported throughout the period by small research grants from the British Academy, and the final symphony, No.7, will appear in June 2000.
Here Jonathan Del Mar reports on the preparation of Symphony No.5, which was published in November 1999.
Sarah Tryphena Phillips Lecture, delivered by Professor Arne Westad, on 28 November 2012 (venue: The British Academy), the second in a series of three lectures being given on 'The Making and Breaking of States'. During the 1960s and 1970s US global hegemony seemed to be in decline. Ten years later, the United States was presented by most as having regained its position from the 1950s. It was US the world’s technological powerhouse. Its peculiar form of market ideology was picked up almost everywhere. The Cold War had ended in a US victory. The Third World no longer existed as a political project. Some even argued that the US competitive advantage in the global economy was being restored. What changed during the 1980s? This lecture uses recently opened archival material to discuss the literature on the international affairs of the decade, including the role of Reagan as US president, changes in US alliance patterns, and global ideological re-ordering.
The English Place-Name Society has been in existence since 1923, and has been supported morally and financially by the British Academy for most of these 77 years. The main purpose of the Society is to conduct and to publish a national place-name survey. Professor Richard Coates, President of the English Place-Name Society, outlines the original aims of the project, and traces the paths of new developments springing from the central project.