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Paul Giles reviews Permanent Revolution: The reformation and the illiberal roots of liberalism by James Simpson

Paul Giles
22 July 2019

The argument of James Simpson’s Permanent Revolution is that the emergence of liberalism as a cultural and political category in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was shap More

Josh Specht reviews A People’s History of Computing in the United States by Joy Lisi Rankin

Joshua Specht
26 March 2019

According to most accounts, the history of computing is a triumph of enterprise. This story starts in the 1950s and 1960s with commercial mainframe computers that, one stack of punch-cards More

Ian Tyrrell reviews Progressive New World by Marilyn Lake

Ian Tyrrell
22 February 2019

In 1902, Australian feminist and social reformer Vida Goldstein met Theodore Roosevelt in the White House during her North American lecture tour. Marilyn Lake retells the story of their en More

Prudence Flowers reviews Civilizing Torture: An American tradition by W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Prudence Flowers
01 February 2019

The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1791, prohibits the use of ‘cruel and unusual punishments’. General Order No. 100 (the Lieber Code of 1863) declares 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

Nick Hordern reviews 'Moscow, the Fourth Rome' by Katerina Clark

Nicholas Hordern
07 March 2013

In Ernest Hemingway’s novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, the hero Robert Jordan, an American fighting on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, receives some advice from More

Alison Broinowski reviews 'The Decline and Fall of the American Republic' by Bruce Ackerman

Alison Broinowski
24 May 2011

As people around the world watch events in the United States, many will agree that it is indeed an exceptional, if conflicted, nation. The sole superpower, with the world’s largest econo More