Norman Etherington

Norman Etherington reviews 'The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History' Edited by Joseph C. Miller

Norman Etherington
29 March 2016

Atlantic history and the closely related phrase 'Atlantic World' refer to a geographical/historical way of thinking about interactions among peoples of Europe, Africa, and the Americas between about 1500 and 1900. Practitioners of Atlantic history, like other scholars washed up from the wreck of nation-based historical writing, find it impossible to comprehend the p ... More

Norman Etherington reviews 'The Last Blank Spaces'

Norman Etherington
27 May 2013

Dane Kennedy reminds us that not so long ago exploring held an honoured place among recognised professions. Today, though, the job is extinct. For about a century and a half, the business More

Norman Etherington reviews 'History in the Making' by J.H. Elliott

Norman Etherington
25 January 2013

A million people thronged the streets of Barcelona on 11 September 2012, clamouring for liberty. This had been their special day long before 9/11. Like Gallipoli, it commemorates a defeat: More

Norman Etherington on 'Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe'

Norman Etherington
24 October 2012

Norman Davies illustrates the literary life available to a score or so of living historians whose works at one time or another made the bestseller lists. Like Simon Schama, Niall Ferguson, and Paul Kennedy, he occupies a place in a Valhalla where the normal rules don’t apply. Instead of waiting nervously for publishers to give thumbs up to a cherished manuscript, ... More

Norman Etherington reviews 'An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark' by Mark McKenna

Norman Etherington
25 November 2011

Recognising biography as ‘one of the new terrors of death’, the eighteenth-century wit John Arbuthnot made sure his life would be sparsely documented. Manning Clark, preoccupied with h More

Norman Etherington reviews 'Botany Bay: The Real Story' by Alan Frost

Norman Etherington
24 March 2011

In 1970, at the age of twenty-seven, Alan Frost joined the English Department of La Trobe University. His first love had been the study of poetry, for which More