31 March, 2014
Clare Bucknell explores the unsteady relationship of satire to itself in the English eighteenth century.
Joe Hone challenge's the status of the eighteenth century as the locus classicus of English literary satire.
17 March, 2014
John Darwin's Unfinished Empire provides a sweeping history of the subject, but is uncritical about its own theoretical foundations.
Francisco Bethencourt's Racismschallenges the traditional historiography of racism as a distinctively modern phenomenon.
Anthony Pagden's The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters inadvertently exemplifies the difficulties of making history relevant today.
3 March, 2014
Laura Ludtke considers how deafness in the nineteenth-century challenged received ideas about language.
Michael Easson finds Edmund Burke miscast as a conservative in Jesse Norman's new biography.
Riki Miyoshi on the final installment of Kevin Sharpe's epic history of the changing image of the English Monarchy, Rebranding Rule.
23 December, 2013
Laura Ludtke introduces the proliferating world of online comics and, in particular, Kate Beaton's satirical re-drawing of history.
9 December, 2013
Brendan Simms writes important counter histories, but his objectivity dwindles when he turns his gaze upon contemporary events.