Perhaps because this Thursday sees the 365th anniversary of the execution of King Charles I, both BBC History Magazine and History Today feature the British Civil Wars on their front pages this month. If these journals aren’t always where the latest cutting-edge research gets published, they’re also magazines in which leading historians offer useful insights … More “Thy Wars Brought Nothing About”
Are there limits to the intellectual inquiries historians may make? Our knee-jerk reaction to this, of course, would usually be – should usually be – ‘no’. I wrote a few months ago about Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch’s recent Silence: A Christian History (Allen Lane, 2013). In that book, he writes of history as “a subversive discipline” … More When Is History Not History?
The London Review of Books is proud of Alan Bennett’s contention that it is “the most radical literary magazine we have”. Its reputation for radicalism is part of what makes Linda Colley’s most recent essay for the magazine so interesting. Colley, who is perhaps best known for her work on nations and nationalism, tackles in … More Global History?
Television history can get a bad press. To be sure, some of it can simplify the work of the historian and – even worse – therefore distort our view of the past. Some TV history is sensationalist; some is just poorly done. But that’s true of some written history, too. The medium is not the … More “Tudor Monastery Farm”: History in the Media
Neil has written before about how useful it can be to read one of the newspapers belonging to the ‘quality press’. To emphasise the point, there were a number of book reviews in the weekend papers which should be of interest to any student of history. For instance, here’s Tom Holland – a writer of … More Reading Reviews in the News