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Reviews and Articles

Reviews in History is an electronic publication which reviews and reappraises significant work in all fields of historical interest, covering the principal areas of the subject as taught in institutions of higher education. As well as featuring reviews of individual books, Reviews in History also contains review articles that examine a range of books available on a highlighted topic.

The reviews listed below are arranged under the following themes:

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Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World
Niall Ferguson
Reviewed by Andrew Porter

A Taste for Empire and Glory: Studies in British Overseas Expansion, 1660-1800
Philip Lawson
Reviewed by Robert Harris

Acquiring colonies and empires

England's Colonial Wars 1550-1688/ Britain's Colonial Wars 1688-1783
Bruce Lenman
Reviewed by Peter J. Marshall

Rivalry in Southern Africa: The Transformation of German Colonial Policy
Matthew Seligmann
Reviewed by Annika Mombauer
Author's Response

Governing empires

Promoting the Colonial Idea: Propaganda and Visions of Empire in France
Edited by Amanda Sackur and Tony Chafer
Reviewed by William Gervase Clarence-Smith

Guardians of Empire: The Armed Forces of the Colonial Powers, c.1700-1964
Edited by David Killingray and David Omissi
Reviewed by Ian Beckett

Russia: People and Empire 1552-1917
Geoffrey Hosking
Reviewed by Peter Gatrell
Author's Response

Ireland and Empire
Stephen Howe
Reviewed by Patrick Maume
Author's Response

Deadly Embrace: Morocco and the Road to the Spanish Civil War
Sebastian Balfour
Francisco J. Romero Salvadó
Author's Response

Economics of empire

Slavery, Atlantic Trade and the British Economy, 1660-1800
Kenneth Morgan
Reviewed by David Richardson

The Rise of Commercial Empires: England and the Netherlands in the Age of Mercantilism, 1650-1770
David Ormrod
Reviewed by Pieter Emmer

Cultures of imperialism

Cultures of Empire: Colonizers in Britain and the Empire in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: A Reader
Edited by Catherine Hall
Reviewed by Elizabeth Buettner

The Sense of the People: Politics, Culture and Imperialism in England 1715-1785
Kathleen Wilson
Reviewed by Sarah Richardson

Edwardian Ladies and Imperial Power
Julia Bush
Reviewed by Clare Midgeley
Author's Response

Ornamentalism: How the British Saw their Empire
David Cannadine
Reviewed by Peter J. Marshall

Science, medicine and empire

Green Imperialism : Colonial Expansion , Tropical Island Edens and the Origins of Environmentalism , 1600-1860
Richard Grove
Reviewed by Bill Luckin

Epidemics and History: Disease, Power and Imperialism
Sheldon Watts
Reviewed by Michael Worboys
Author's Response

Leprosy in Colonial South India: Medicine and Confinement
Jane Buckingham
Reviewed by Mark Harrison

Madness, Cannabis and Colonialism
James H. Mills
Reviewed by Satadru Sen
Author's Response


British Government Policy and Decolonisation 1945-1963
Frank Heinlein
Reviewed by John Kent
Author's Response

Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy
Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal
Reviewed by Peter J. Marshall
Authors' response


Visit the Reviews in History section of this website for a full list of reviews and articles on a diverse range of topics.

January 2004