Peter Calvert was born in Northern Ireland in 1936 and grew up there. In 1948, on the first day of the school holidays, it was raining, so he sat down at his father's old typewriter and began to write The King of the Land of Flopdoodle. It took a long time, as every time he made a mistake he tore the page up and started again. When the story was finished, in 1950, he began a sequel, which eventually became Revolution in Flopdoodle and The Flopdudlian 'Forty-Five'.
Peter Calvert is author or joint author of more than thirty books. He was Professor of Comparative and International Politics at the University of Southampton from 1984 until his retirement in 2002. He was educated at Campbell College, Belfast, and Queens' College, Cambridge. He then worked for a year as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Michigan, before returning to Cambridge to study for his doctorate. In 1964 he joined the newly founded department of Politics at Southampton. He later held visiting appointments at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Harvard University, Birkbeck College, London, and the University of Portsmouth. He has written and published extensively on Comparative and International Politics, especially that of Latin America and the USA, as well as on aspects of the theory of Comparative Politics, in particular revolution, class and development. His new history of modern Mexico focuses on the story of the years since 1910, setting it in the context of the nation's past.
Mexico is a history of that remarkable and fascinating country over the past one hundred years, since the outbreak of the Revolution in 1910. By combining chronological description with topical treatments of important aspects of Mexico's past it offers the reader a vivid impression of the depth of its experience and why it is so different from other countries.
The Flopdudlian 'Forty-Five'
The evil Baron has triumphed. His Majesty faces the possibility of life in exile from his quaint but beloved country of Flopdoodle. The new rulers, though, he hears are divided amongst themselves. Can he turn the tables on them and, even if he can, how and where will he get the help he needs to regain his throne?
Revolution in Flopdoodle
Four years after the Great Cheese War, His Majesty faces a new crisis. A small group of disaffected nobles are plotting rebellion. His Majesty acts quickly to break the conspiracy, but in doing so plays into the hands of the sinister Baron Balderdash, who wants the throne for himself. An unfortunate accident prevents HM from rallying support at a crucial moment, so things rapidly get worse ...
The King of the Land of Flopdoodle
When the young King of Flopdoodle decides to take a safari holiday, it turns out to be rather more challenging than he had expected. When he gets back home, he finds that, while he has been away, his country has been plunged into a major but totally absurd crisis. It is not long, however, before he realizes that he also continues to face a personal threat to his life from a sinister conspirator.
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