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Visions of history, visions of Britain

C. L. R. James had intended in late 1938 to travel from his London base to the United States. His plan was to work with the Trotskyist movement there, but to return to England in time for the 1939 cricket season. We may well speculate that, in fact, his American sojourn would have extended for far longer than he envisaged, had world history not intervened. Neville Chamberlain

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
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Crossing the seas

short fiction. 15 He brought with him a manuscript novel. 16 He had too some draft material on cricket and, more particularly, on Learie Constantine, who had been influential in persuading James to make the journey to Britain. 17 In 1933 Leonard and Virginia Woolf abridged some of his earlier writings on colonialism, republishing them as The Case for West Indian Self-Government . 18 To hold together

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
The BBC’s Caribbean Voices

and Barbados and Jamaica in a way that nothing else, except cricket broadcasting, ever has. Furthermore, in a society not too well known for reading, the spoken word, by way of radio, even when it was producing literature, had an impact that books would have lacked, except among the very few. 28 For a critical period Caribbean

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, 24 April 1994. 76 V. S. Naipaul, ‘Cricket’ (1963), in Overcrowded Barracoon , p. 23. 77 V. S. Naipaul, A Way in the World: a novel (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994), pp. 109–10. The novel was subtitled A

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
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-soaked conditions) were enjoying athletics and cricket in the camp three days later. 49 Spirits rose on 23 February when the first reinforcements from India arrived, including the 15th Hussars, 2/60th Rifles and the 92nd (Gordon) Highlanders (all veterans of the Second Afghan War), a Naval Brigade from HMS Dido and HMS Boadicea , and some drafts for units already based at Mount Prospect. As Colley pondered

in The Victorian soldier in Africa

of it. Based at Korosko for ten months, the Highlanders spent the summer building mud huts, playing games of cricket and football, and rowing on the river. They enjoyed fresh bread and fresh meat ‘in abundance’, formed their own theatrical company and enjoyed cordial relations with the natives, many of whom liked the bagpipes, even if soldiers were banned from entering any native village. 95 In October 1885

in The Victorian soldier in Africa
Harold Moody and the League of Coloured Peoples

conviction that he was about God’s purposes, arising out of his belief in a God who was holy, righteous and active in a world corrupted by sin. 14 Moody’s faith was the mainspring of his life. If C. L. R. James’s values stemmed from the ethos of the public school and the manners of the cricket field, then Moody certainly could recognise the influence of the former. However, much more enduring for him was

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
Britishness, respectability, and imperial citizenship

respectable status might be considered an aspiration-to-class, to a non-racial, universal middle class, but not class in itself. Moreover, they did not aspire to be white or to be ethnically British. They did not, as Leo Switzer argues, ‘participat[e]‌ in choral and reading groups, debating societies, sewing and singing groups, and in ... tennis, croquet, and cricket ... rugby, and even horse racing

in Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860–1911