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Kelly D. Wiltshire reviews A Little History of Archaeology by Brian Fagan

Kelly Wiltshire
22 July 2019

As the old saying goes, one should never judge a book by its cover; however, the instantly recognisable iconography on the cover of A Little History of Archaeology does provide an More

Rémy Davison reviews The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and world order by Hal Brands and Charles Edel

Rémy Davison
23 May 2019

'History repeats itself,’ Karl Marx wrote presciently in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon. ‘The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.’ The central themes More

Sheila Fitzpatrick reviews The Kremlin Letters edited by David Reynolds and Vladimir Pechatnov

Sheila Fitzpatrick
25 March 2019

Joseph Stalin wanted this wartime correspondence published, and one can see why: he comes off best. As the authors comment, ‘the transcript of the Big Three meetings demonstrates Stalin’s careful mastery of the issues and his superior skill as a diplomatist, regularly keeping his silence but then speaking out in a terse and timely manner at key moments’. He is ... More

Alex Tighe reviews Delayed Response: The art of waiting from the ancient to the instant world by Jason Farman

Alex Tighe
15 March 2019

‘A book about waiting’ was perhaps a hard sell for Jason Farman to make to his publisher. Waiting, so the consensus goes, sucks. It is the elephant graveyard of time, the dead zon More

Ian Donaldson reviews 'In Pursuit Of Civility: Manners and civilization in early modern England' by Keith Thomas

Ian Donaldson
18 December 2018

‘Civilization’, a seemingly tranquil notion, has always somehow managed to start quarrels and divide the room. In the classical world, where the concept was largely shaped, it managed, 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