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Reviews in History - New Reviews for March 2011

Published: August 23, 2012

Hello all

See below for relevant new reviews from Reviews in History (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews) published in March.

First up this month is a review of Laura Beers' Your Britain: Media and the Making of the Labour Party. Adrian Bingham praises (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1046) a scrupulously researched and carefully argued book which offers an important new perspective.

Next William Jackson recommends (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1045) two new Oxford History of the British Empire publications (Migration and Empire by Marjory Harper and Stephen Constantine and Settlers and Expatriates: Britons over the Seas edited by Robert Bickers) to anyone interested in the history – and historiography – of empire overseas.

Then Jo McBride reviews (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1049) a new study of the shipbuilding industry, Alistair Reid’s The Tide of Democracy: Shipyard Workers and Social Relations in Britain 1870-1950.

Meraud Ferguson Hand enjoys (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1048) a varied, rewarding and wide-ranging collection, Tudor Books and Readers: Materiality and the Construction of Meaning edited by John N. King.

Our most controversial review this month is of The Year of Disappearances. Political Killings in Cork 1921-1922 by Gerard Murphy. Eugenio Biagini discusses (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1053, with response here - http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1053/response) this controversial new work of Irish history with the author.

Next up is a deeply interesting book on historians and the emergence of the modern Commonwealth. Andrew Ladley tackles (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1059) W. David McIntyre's The Britannic Vision – Historians and the Making of the British Commonwealth of Nations, 1907-48.

Following this, Aurora Barsalou enjoys a compelling reinterpretation of the stage as a site of female empowerment, as she reviews (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1058) Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and the Eighteenth-Century British Theater by Felicity Nussbaum.

Finally we have the latest book in Brill's Medieval and Renaissance Authors and Texts series. Christine Carpenter reviews (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1057, with response - http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1057/response) Wisdom and Chivalry: Chaucer's Knight's Tale and Medieval Political Theory by S. H. Rigby, which she finds a splendid book of interest to students of medieval literature and to medieval historians.

Hope these are of some interest - do get in touch (danny.millum@sas.ac.uk) with any suggestions for future reviews...

Best wishes

Danny

Danny Millum
Deputy Editor, Reviews in History / Editorial Assistant (Web)
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