By Helen Rappaport
As she did in her severely acclaimed The final Days of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaport brings a compelling documentary consider to the tale of this royal marriage and of the queen's obsessive love for her husband - a narrative that started as fairy story and resulted in tragedy.
After the premature demise of Prince Albert, the queen and her state have been plunged right into a kingdom of grief so profound that this one occasion could dramatically modify the form of the British monarchy. For Britain had not only misplaced a prince: in the course of his twenty yr marriage to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert had more and more played the functionality of King in all yet identify. The outpouring of grief after Albert's demise was once so severe, that its like wouldn't be visible back till the dying of Princess Diana 136 years later.
Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal files and different missed resources, in addition to the newspapers of the day, Rappaport deals a brand new standpoint in this compelling ancient psychodrama--the the most important ultimate months of the prince's existence and the 1st lengthy, darkish ten years of the Queen's retreat from public view. She attracts a portrait of a queen enthusiastic about her dwelling husband and - after his loss of life - along with his enduring position in historical past. Magnificent Obsession also will throw new mild at the precise nature of the prince's persistent actual situation, overturning for stable the 150-year outdated fantasy that he died of typhoid fever.
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One half of the GIs enrolled as students came from families where no one ever before had gone to college. Between 1958 and 1966, the University of California doubled in student numbers. It grew in that eight-year period as much as in the prior one hundred years. It built three new campuses and refocused the missions of four existing campuses, producing increased intercampus competition. Berkeley, although still the leader, suddenly went from being the only UC campus of any distinction to being one among nine—each with its own sense of rising importance.
Cliª ”) Grant (political science at UCLA) and Malcolm Davisson (economics at Berkeley), to meet with the regents. Regent Neylan had become chair of the equivalent regents’ committee and was, by then, becoming pro-oath and very defensive of the authority and power of the Board of Regents. There were now harder-line representations on both sides, and President Sproul’s inﬂuence was greatly reduced. Antagonism between the two committees quickly increased. The faculty committee turned the issue from repeal or redeﬁnition of the loyalty oath to whether the basic 1940 policy of nonemployment of members of the Communist Party should be reversed.
Each of the campuses of the university has been aªected by these developments. As I look back on how well or how badly the University of California has responded to the impacts of these developments, I award “highest honors” to the support of science, initiated particularly under the presidency of Robert Gordon Sproul (1930–58), the subsequent rise of academic distinction across the academic spectrum, and the creation of one of the world’s best university library systems successful handling of enrollment growth within the parameters of the Master Plan for Higher Education, involving the creation of three new UC campuses and the reorientation of missions on four existing campuses “High honors” go to the realization of decentralized governance, but sometimes too slowly the liberalization of many policies, such as those making ROTC voluntary, providing the “open forum” for outside speakers eventually including Communists, starting an “equal opportunity” program for disadvantaged students, mandating nondiscrimination by fraternities and sororities, and introducing continuous tenure for the faculty the promotion of the arts and of cultural programs on all campuses the creation of a more rounded set of facilities for students that included residence halls, intramural sports ﬁelds, student centers, and undergraduate libraries No honors go to the lack of more expeditious and eªective recognition of the need, within reasonable limits, to open up political “advocacy” opportunities on campus property to students in fall 1964 the absence of early understanding of the depth of Berkeley faculty reactions to the campus’s diminished role in the aªairs of the university system 20 .