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ISSN 1749-8155


Review Date: 
10 Apr 2014

No exhibition can guarantee a museum a popular success, but the Vikings must surely offer a pretty good shot at it. Where often it is a challenge to establish the identity of an historical culture or phenomenon for a potential audience, absolutely no such problem exists for the Vikings, for everyone – even those who know nothing about history – knows about the Vikings.

I would like thank Andre Fleche for his very kind review of A Union Forever. He offers a fine, attentive summary of the book’s arguments, and it’s exciting to see another historian tease out new and interesting implications from them.

I am very thankful of Dr. Thomas Rodger’s lucid and lengthy review of my The Anglo-American Paper War: Debates about the New Republic, 1800–1825. Rodgers has provided a clear analysis of the book for potential readers and insightful critique of what he sees to be limitations of my work.

I would like to thank Lawrence Brown for his positive, sensitive and thorough reading of The Battle of Britishness. The book is an ambitious one in its chronological scope, range of groups covered and attempt at a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach, and I am delighted that the reviewer got to grips with its broader ambitions.

I would like to thank Stephen Conway for his thoughtful review and the kind words it includes. I am grateful to him for bringing to my attention the factual errors above, which I hope to have a chance to correct in due course. As he observes, biography often forces historians to traverse unfamiliar terrain, and missteps are all but inevitable.

I’m very grateful for Erika Dyck for her careful reading of my work as well as her thoughtful review. I appreciate Erika’s comments, and really can’t take issue with any of them. In fact, several of her comments relate to quandaries I experienced in finishing it.

I wish to thank Daniel Ritchie for his helpful review. I am especially pleased with his acknowledgement of the importance of 19th-century American Reformed theology in a transatlantic context. I appreciate his comments about my book’s viewpoint and his illuminating outline, though some of his statements invite a reply.

Modern Women on Trial: Sexual Transgression in the Age of the Flapper narrates sensational stories of women accused of sexual and violent crime - obscenity, perversity, drug dealing, murder and adultery - in the aftermath of the Great War. Popular journalism competed with the legal profession to turn domestic tragedies into thrilling melodrama.

First, we would like to thank Aaron Fogleman for his careful and thought-provoking review. We have no objections to make in the face of such a clear analysis of our work, though there is one correction – the expulsion of the Nova Scotia Acadians was in 1755, before the Seven Years or French and Indian War was officially declared in 1756, but the process continued during the war.

To be the subject of so lengthy and complex a review by so distinguished a scholar as Peter Biller is a high compliment in itself, though it is somewhat diminished by the fact that so much of the review is directed to Biller’s disagreements with others, and almost all the rest to a single issue which is incidental (though not unimportant) to the main concern of The War on Heresy.