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James Cronin has captured marvellously both the core of Subversive Peacemakers and the current excitement of peace movement historians around the period 1914–18. The work of peace historians is to discover new stories, to reclaim a hitherto hidden peace history, and to look at politics and conflicts in a different way from mainstream historians, from a peace perspective.

Review Date: 
28 Apr 2016

John Dee is a name that often conjures up images of shady spells muttered in dark rooms with bubbling potions, but the exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians, titled Scholar, Courtier, Magician: the Lost Library of John Dee seeks to offer a view of Dee as an articulate, extremely well-read, educated man.

Firstly, I would like to thank the reviewer for her detailed and close engagement with my book. One of the aims of the book was to speak to political historians, but also art historians, literary scholars and cultural historians, and the review will hopefully draw the attention of a diverse scholarly audience to this work.

Sara Butler’s review is fair minded, indeed, written in a generous spirit, given my grumpy remark about high-school breakups.

The reviewer is to be congratulated for a very clear and lengthy exposition of some of the key themes of the volume; though more, I think, might have been made of the extraordinary richness of the political economy of the consumer and consumption to be found in British socialist political economy; so often seen as the poor relation (in terms of its theorising) of European socialism.

The centenary of the First World War and now the 70th anniversary of D-Day have elicited a range of responses from academics, museums, the media, community groups, students and both amateur and local historians. Interactions between these different groups are however few and far between.

Responding to a positive review is always difficult – if more pleasurable – than trying to piece together one’s thoughts after having them picked apart. I shall therefore keep my reply to Paul Knoll’s review brief. I am pleased that he has recognised what I was seeking to achieve in this book.

I wrote Weeping Britannia in the conviction that the history of emotions can provoke people to feel by making them think and to think by making them feel. I can therefore have no complaint at all about a reviewer who testifies to having been moved not only to laughter and tears but also to historiographical reflection by my book.

I am happy to accept Dr. Sundaram’s review of my work; it is gratifying to read that he believes the monograph to be an excellent book which deserves a wide readership.(1a)

I wish to thank the editors for inviting me to respond and to thank reviewer Chris Courtney for his attentive reading and critique.

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