The 'Last night of the Proms' in historical perspective

David Cannadine

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This article traces the history of the 'Last Night of the Proms', from the foundation of the Promenade Concerts in 1895, through the troubled early decades of the twentieth century and the subsequent commitment of the B.B.C., to its current iconic status. It examines the often contentious reception of this 'invented tradition' and its unique contribution to notions of Britishness, both at home and abroad.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-349
Number of pages35
JournalHistorical Research
Issue number212
StatePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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