History

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

Ian Donaldson reviews 'Shame and Honor: A Vulgar History of the Order of the Garter' by Stephanie Trigg

Ian Donaldson
26 February 2013

Two photographs from the present book, caught by the British press in 2009, vividly testify both to the fun and to the difficulty of maintaining ancient ritual in the modern world. I 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

Neal Blewett on 'Thinking the Twentieth Century'

Neal Blewett
28 May 2012

This author, this book, and its composition are all extraordinary. Tony Judt, one of the most distinguished historians of his generation, made his name with studies of French intellectual More

Philip Harvey reviews 'A Short History of Christianity' by Geoffrey Blainey

Philip Harvey
22 May 2012

Any recent ‘big picture’ church history will suffer by comparison with Diarmaid MacCulloch’s A History of Christianity (2009). That book discovers all manner of new evidence More

Frank Bongiorno reviews 'A History of Australia' by Mark Peel and Christina Twomey

Frank Bongiorno
21 March 2012

‘The product under consideration is Shist.’ So began New Zealand historian Keith Sinclair’s discussion of short histories in 1968. His irreverent diminutive is still occasionally hea More

Robin Prior reviews 'All Hell Let Loose' by Max Hastings

Robin Prior
23 January 2012

It is a brave undertaking to write a single-volume history of World War II. As Max Hastings notes, we already have many good books in this category: Weinberg, A World At Arms: A Global History of World War II (1994); Calvocoressi, Wint, and Pritchard, Total War: The Causes and Courses of the Second World War (1989); Millett and Murray, A War To ... More

John Hirst reviews 'A History of Tasmania' by Henry Reynolds

John Hirst
21 January 2012

Henry Reynolds is the pre-eminent historian of Aboriginal–settler relations in Australia, and with this theme he begins his history of Tasmania. He eschews the obligatory set piece descr More

Bernard Whimpress reviews 'The Premier and the Pastoralist: William Morgan and Peter Waite' by James Waite

Bernard Whimpress
21 January 2012

Family histories have their limitations. One compensation is to discover famous or infamous ancestors. In most Australian states, disinterring a convict becomes a badge of honour. In South More

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