22 October, 2012
Katie Low assesses Aloys Winterling's biography of Caligula, a young man exulting in the possession of enormous power.
Judyta Frodyma finds The Old Ways tows readers along a narcissistic path of self-indulgent prose.
7 October, 2012
What is the origin of social inequality? In The Creation of Inequality, two archaeologists update Rousseau, but with flaws of their own.
Jonathan Priestland's engaging history of power Merchant, Soldier, Sage curiously omits a fourth, undervalued caste: the workers.
21 May, 2012
David Graeber's Debt: The First 5,000 Years explores the history of a concept with the same roots as "guilt" and "sin".
15 May, 2012
7 May, 2012
Heike B. Görtemaker's Eva Braun is a chilling portrait of Nazi Germany that is frustratingly opaque about its ostensible subject.
26 March, 2012
Giorgio Agamben's The Kingdom and the Glory argues for the continuing relevance of medieval conceptions of the state.
Matthew Gerber's Bastards offers a frustratingly legalistic account of the social role of illegitimacy.
30 January, 2012
Annabel S. Brett's Changes of State analyses the legal paradoxes surrounding the historical definition of statehood.