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New Reviews for October on Reviews in History

Published: August 23, 2012

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

Our 800th review was a double-header, with Robert Poole tackling two histories of popular protest, Katrina Navickas’s Loyalism and Radicalism in Lancashire 1798-1815 and Adrian Randall’s Riotous Assemblies: Popular Protest in Hanoverian England.

Then Rhonda Semple (no. 801) reviews Alison Twells’ The Civilising Mission and the English Middle Class, 1792-1850: The ‘Heathen’ at Home and Overseas, a study of missionary philanthropy both abroad and back in England. Alison’s response can also be found here.

Glenn Richardson’s edited collection 'The Contending Kingdoms': England and France 1420-1700 spans three centuries of contact between the two nations, and is reviewed (no. 802) by Simon Lambe.

There is also an account by Paul Flewers of British attitudes to the Soviet Union under Stalin, critiqued (no. 803) by Geoffrey Foote with a response by the author.

On a different note, Peter Webster reviews (no. 804) two volumes on early modern church music, Beth Quitslund’s The Reformation in Rhyme. Sternhold, Hopkins and the English Metrical Psalter, 1547-1603, and Humanism and the Reform of Sacred Music in Early Modern England. John Merbecke the Orator and The Booke of Common Praier Noted (1550) by Hyun-Ah Kim.

Next the medieval prison is the focus of a short and ambitious work by G. Geltner, The Medieval Prison: A Social History, which has been reviewed for us (no. 805) by Jonathan Rose.

The first full-length work on the history of adoption in England (A Child for Keeps: the History of Adoption in England, 1918-45 by Jenny Keating) is the subject of a piece (no. 806) by Daniel Grey, for which there is also a response by the author.

The next book under review examines the contradictory relationship between Americans and the British royal family, as Adam Smith (no. 808) tackles Frank Prochaska’s The Eagle and the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy.

In addition Carolyn Kitching discusses (no. 810) a new book analysing the relation between British foreign policy and the formation of the League of Nations – Peter Yearwood’s Guarantee of Peace: The League of Nations in British Policy 1914-1925.

Lastly there feature two very different books on British history. To mark the 25th anniversary publication of a new edition Vernon Bogdanor reviews (no. 813) a key work of modern constitutional history, John F. Naylor’s A Man and an Institution: Sir Maurice Hankey, the Cabinet Secretariat and the Custody of Cabinet Secrecy, while elsewhere Kristina Straub’s Domestic Affairs: Intimacy, Eroticism, and Violence Between Servants and Masters in Eighteenth-Century Britain is discussed by Sarah Lloyd (no. 814), for which there is a response by the author.

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