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The authors of Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian’s Macroscope would like to thank Adam Crymble for his thoughtful and engaged review, as well as Reviews in History for making it possible. Crymble provides an excellent overview of our main arguments, approach, and methods.

I very much appreciate Susan-Mary Grant's incisive and thoughtful review, especially as it comes from one of our most distinguished historians of the American Civil War. She has done a superb job of placing the essays in my book within the context both of current scholarship and of broader contemporary events in the United States and abroad.

It was a pleasure to read Peter Barham’s review – in part because he is a real expert in the field, and in part because he really understood the book. As an expert, he is able to draw out exactly what I was trying to do and why I saw it as important – but also the difficulties and complicated nature of the subject matter which I was covering and the stories I was trying to tell.

In response to the review of VCH Somerset XI: Queen Camel and the Cadburys there are just a few points to make.

Professor Hicks’s review says much that is encouraging and raises a number of interesting points about VCH work in Somerset and the current approach of the VCH in general.

I thank the reviewer for his detailed comments and that he judges the book to be a ‘thoughtful and impressively researched’ contribution to debates of wide historical interest in and beyond Ireland. I welcome the opportunity to respond and clarify various aspects he raises.

I thank Dr. Markus Daechsel for his thoughtful and finely tuned reading of my book. Dr. Daechsel offers a generous and detailed engagement with my work as well as offers two particular points of departure, regarding sympathy with one’s historical subjects and the status of regional studies in South Asian history.

As one would expect, Callum Brown has written a well informed and perceptive review of my book, highlighting the importance of alcohol consumption and the rituals surrounding it in Scotland and in western societies in general, together with the ‘huge part’ it has played in national identity.

The author cannot complain about a positive review, which raises issues of ‘best practice’ and ‘best presentation/exposition’.

Review Date: 
26 Nov 2015

In the latest of our occasional Reviews in History podcast series, Daniel Snowman talks to Peter Burke about his background, career, influences and forthcoming book.

Peter Burke is is Professor Emeritus of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge.

Daniel Snowman is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster on social and cultural history.

In responding to such a charitable review of my work, one which begins with the claim that my book ‘is, above all, a well-researched and enjoyable book’, one is tempted to invoke the principles of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and leave well enough alone. But a few brief comments are in order.

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