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I want to thank Nicole Longprè for her careful reading of my book, Unemployment, Welfare, and Masculine Citizenship. In my response, I will address Longprè’s questions about how historians ‘come to choose the methods that they do’, the case study approach, and why I selected the Black Country as my case study.

I find Stephen Bowd's review of The Renaissance in Italy: A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento both thoughtful and generous.

Mark Power Smith deserves a compliment for his fair-minded review of my book, American Political History: A Very Short Introduction.

The author would like to thank Katie Ball for her generous review of Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism. This response aims only to clarify the contrast between the monetary worlds – medieval and modern – that the review correctly identifies.

‘I shall ever be as ready to maintain the King’s prerogative as any man’.(1a) Given his posthumous reputation as a defender of the rights of the subject, Sir Edward Coke’s claim in the parliament of 1628 seems sly at best, an outright falsehood at worst.

I am pleased to accept Ms. Murray’s reviewed of my edited book and concur with her findings and recommendations. I share her concern that the book lacks an adequate study of visitors and to further the discussion with the field, it is a weakness that affects all museums and historic sites, even beyond those who interpret African-American history and culture.

I’m extremely grateful to Joan Redmond for taking the time to read Between Two Worlds so carefully, and to write about it so sensitively, and delighted that she found the endeavour worthwhile.

I am pleased with Anna Feintuck's review and have little to add, save special thanks for her response to the book's interdisciplinary ambitions. Writing from within an English department, it is sometimes challenging to be sure of one's reach, and thus gratifying to be noticed in a history journal.

Philippa Hellawell gives a cogent and balanced account of most of the main themes of my book, including the central one about the relationships between notebooks, memory (and recollection), and other external repositories of information.

I would like to begin by thanking Michael Hoeckelmann for his generous review of my book. Here, I only want to make a few additional remarks on the use of digital tools for historical analysis, an issue briefly broached by the reviewer in his comments.