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I would like to extend my thanks to Danny Millium and Reviews in History for the opportunity to respond to Michael Patrick Cullinane’s review of my book, Defining and Defending the Open Door Policy: Theodore Roosevelt and China, 1901–1909. I appreciate Professor Cullinane’s comments, but I should like to address a few things.

I would like to thank Dr. Griffin for the care and attention he has taken with this review, and for the extremely generous words he has written about my book.

I am happy to accept this thoughtful review, which (inter alia) offers helpful suggestions concerning how the book's parameters could be extended.

I am grateful to Charlie Hall for reading The Image of the Enemy so carefully. His review is a good one which summarizes the chapters well and makes well-judged observations about them.

I am very pleased that the reviewer appreciates how much new information has come out about both Clementine and Winston Churchill in my book. I was certainly thrilled to discover a number of previously untapped sources, which together persuaded me that there was an astonishing story to be told. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Robert Shoemaker for his careful and thoughtful review of my book.

I am glad that Dr Nicholas Baker has recognized the important original contribution of the volume, The Medici.Citizens and Masters, but I do not read the articles in the way he suggests:  'The reality of the volume’s contents lives up to the creative potential of this tension between the republican/signorial division that Black outlines in the introduction but does not cleave as cleanl

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.