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Response of Timothy Tackett to the review by David Andress

I’d like to express my gratitude to Danny Millum, the Deputy Editor of Reviews in History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, for commissioning a review of my book Government Against Itself and to Joseph Hower of Southwestern University for writing an extensive treatment of it.

Review Date: 
18 Jun 2015

For all historians of this last, most violent, century some concern with matters of war and peace has been unavoidable.

Many thanks to Dr Helen McCarthy for her positive and very perceptive review, which highlights the key issues I hoped to address in Family Men.

My sincere thanks to Dr. Poleg for his thorough and deeply generous consideration of my book: an author could not receive a more thoughtful review. I especially appreciate his public notice of my stated intention to begin the discussion of the books of the Wycliffite Bible with this project, rather than release any sort of final say on the subject.

First and foremost, I would like to thank Dr. Power for a very generous and incisive review of The Shadow of a Year. His comments are fair, and I am happy to accept them in the spirit in which they are offered.

I would like to thank Judith for her comprehensive review of the Historical Texts service. Historical Texts was launched in June 2014, and we are developing the service based on the feedback of our users.

When OUP asked me to edit the Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity (OHMC), what particularly attracted me to the project was the intellectual purpose of the Handbooks series, as presented to me by the then History editor, Christopher Wheeler (now sadly retired).

Laura Carter’s assessment of Broadcasting Buildings: Architecture on the Wireless, 1927-1945 is the most generous and thoughtful assessment an author, especially of a first book, could wish for. My short response, therefore, can hardly be a rejoinder.

The Eagle and the Dragon is the third volume of a trilogy which was introduced by Les quatre parties du monde and What time is it there?(1) The book aims to contribute to the ever-burgeoning debates on why, when and how to practice global history. How to open new spaces to excessively compartmentalised fields?

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