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For many years, H-Albion Book Reviews has been an essential feature of our listserv.  Not only has it notified members of new books, but it has also provided top-notch critical reviews and surveys on the state of our field.  This month, we are introducing a new, add-on feature to H-Albion's review service: the H-Albion Bibliography of Publications in British and Irish Studies.

The H-Albion Bibliography of Publications in British and Irish Studies is meant to supplement H-Albion Book Reviews by providing a space for members to announce new books, articles, reviews, and digital resources of interest to the H-Albion community.  Using Zotero, members will be able to add new items to the H-Albion Bibliography as well as to add comments and links to book reviews.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Zotero is a free tool developed by the Center for HIstory and New Media at George Mason University.  The software helps academics collect, organize, cite, and share research sources.  Citations and notes can be stored both locally and in a cloud.  They can be accessed  through the web, as a browser plugin, or as a standalone application.  For more information on Zotero and how to use it, please visit the Zotero website.  There is a great video introduction here: <>.

The H-Albion Bibliography of Publications in British and Irish Studies is a crowd-sourced list, so it is up to the members who use the site to edit and update it.  To post, all you need to do is join the group.  When posting a new item, please be sure to put a summary in the abstract field, a link to the publisher's site, and any other information in the Notes field.  Members can update entries to make them more accurate, but if you would like to comment on the text, please insert the text as a new note.  For new announcements, please subscribe to the RSS feed at

Once you have uploaded the information for your new publication, please be sure to submit your book to H-Albion Book Reviews.  The contact information for our editors is below.

Nick Wolf - Modern Ireland (1800 to present)
[email protected]

Margaret McGlynn - Britain (medieval-1540)
[email protected]

Jeffrey Wigelsworth - Britain (1689-1830)
[email protected]

Thomas Hajkowski - Modern Britain (1830- present)
[email protected]

Best wishes,

Jason M. Kelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of British History, IUPUI

School of Liberal Arts
Indiana University
Department of History, IUPUI
Cavanaugh Hall 503N
425 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140

telephone: 317.274.1689
fax: 317.278.7800
email: [email protected]

Twitter: @jason_m_kelly!/Jason_M_Kelly

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Reviews in History - New British History Reviews for May

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The following reviews of possible interest to readers of the British and Irish Studies Intelligencer were published in May in the Institute of Historical Research’s e-journal Reviews in History.

Firstly Drew Gray reviews (no. 897, with the editor’s response) a resource which since its inception in 2003 has proved to be a time-saving boon for social historian, The Old Bailey Proceedings Online.

Our next review (no. 898, by Jennifer Cole) is of After the Bomb: Civil Defence and Nuclear War in Britain, 1945–68 by Matthew Grant. This looks at the evolution in post-war Britain of the policy of civil defence. It draws on recently declassified documents to show that though anti-nuclear campaigners didn't succeed in banning the bomb, they did play a significant part in exposing flaws in the central tenet of this policy, namely that a nuclear war could be survived.

The emergence of material culture as a subject for historical enquiry has brought to the fore the question of what constitute 'proper' sources for 'proper' history. Amanda Vickery's new book Behind Closed Doors. At Home in Georgian England combines the old and the new, utilising both an 'impressive array of original archival evidence' and 'kaleidoscopic range of material sources'. Read Helen Berry's review (no. 901) and the author's response.

Elsewhere, Oliver Blaiklock reviews (no. 900) a valuable contribution not just to the study of voluntary organisations and charities, but more broadly to the history of British civil society and citizenship, Kate Bradley’s Poverty, Philanthropy and the State: Charities and the Working Classes in London.

Nick Holder has written a monumental review of the fifteen paperback books on English local history produced by the England's Past for Everyone project, which aim to take the authoritative research tradition of the red Victoria County History volumes and package it in a more accessible and contemporary format. Read his review (no. 904) and VCH Director John Beckett’s response.

Finally Keith Lilley sets out to educate historians of medieval urbanism with a detailed account of medieval ideas on the city as macro- or microcosm, City and Cosmos: the Medieval World in Urban Form, reviewed (no. 906, with a response by the author) by Frances Andrews

A list of all our British and Irish history reviews can be found here.

As always, all comments or suggestions should be sent to [email protected].

Danny Millum
Deputy Editor, Reviews in History

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New Reviews for March on Reviews in History

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The following reviews of possible interest to followers of the Intelligencer were published in March in the Institute of Historical Research’s e-journal Reviews in History (

We begin with Pauline Croft assessing (no. 865, with the editor’s response here) the special issue of Historical Research devoted to Henry VII and then John Baxendale finding much to praise in Brian Harrison’s contribution to the New Oxford History of England, Seeking a Role: The United Kingdom 1951-1970 (no. 867, with response).

Next up is a work on the evolution of British unionism, the less-studied counterpart to Irish nationalism. The Making of British Unionism, 1740-1848: Politics, Government and the Anglo-Irish Constitutional Relationship by Douglas Kanter is reviewed for us here (no. 869) by Jacqueline Hill.

In the field of religious history we have a review (no. 873, by Carmen Mangion) of Carol Engelhardt Herringer's new book covering Victorian representations of the Virgin Mary, Victorians and the Virgin Mary: Religion and Gender in England, 1830-85.

On a completely different tack we have the first comprehensive study of medieval parks, as Aleks Pluskowski reviews (no. 877) Stephen Mileson’s Parks in Medieval England.

Barbara Yorke then tackles (no. 878) Marilyn Dunn’s new work The Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons c. 597-c. 700. Discourses of Life, Death and Afterlife, in which ethnography and anthropology are combined with a historical approach in an erudite, but sometimes controversial, contribution to the debate.

Finally John Beckett takes issue (no. 879, with a response by the author here) with a book (Image of A Lost Frontier Revealed: Regional Separation in the East Midlands by Alan Fox) seeking to test the hypothesis that there was, in England, a patchwork of historical regions that largely coincided with major drainage basins, which in turn allied closely with pre-1974 counties.A list of all our British and Irish history reviews can be found here:

As always, all comments or suggestions should be sent to [email protected].

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