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New Reviews for November on Reviews in History

Published: August 23, 2012

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

The first is a review by Alice Reid (no. 817, with editor’s response) of the Small and Special database of patient admissions at the hospital from 1852 until 1914.

Elsewhere a new paperback edition of the Blackwell Companion to Britain in the Later Middle Ages provoked debate (no. 816, and response) between Rowena Archer and the editor S. H. Rigby, while an unsettling account of racism in Britain, Sascha Auerbach’s Race, Law and ‘The Chinese Puzzle’ in Imperial Britain, is analysed (no. 815, again with an authorial response) by Flemming Christiansen.

A new collection of previously published essays by one of Britain’s leading economic historians, Martin Daunton, is reviewed (no. 821) by Jim Tomlinson, who finds State and Market in Victorian Britain: War, Welfare and Capitalism provides a powerful analysis of the dynamics of the Victorian state.

Another pre-eminent historian covered this month is Glenn Burgess, and you can read a review here (no. 822) by Sarah Mortimer of his latest work, British Political Thought, 1500-1660: The Politics of the Post-Reformation. The author’s response is also available.

Also, make sure to check out Peter Yearwood’s response to Carolyn Kitching’s review of Guarantee of Peace: The League of Nations in British Policy 1914-1925.

A very different subject is discussed in Catherine Rider’s take (no. 826) on an examination of differing presentations of men’s and women’s magic in the medieval period and beyond, Hedi Breuer’s Crafting the Witch: Gendering Magic in Medieval and Early Modern England.

The Cabinet Papers 1915-1978 is a new online resource from The National Archives, and is given a glowing review here (no. 828) by Michael J. Hopkins, while in the field of cultural history Ginger Frost’s Living in Sin: Cohabiting as Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-Century England is reviewed (no. 830) by Tanya Evans.

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