Category Archives: Book Reviews

REVIEW: Macaulay and Son: Architects of Imperial Britain by Catherine Hall (Yale University Press, 2013)

I have recently been reviewing Catherine Hall’s Macaulay and Son: architects of imperial Britain for the journal History. As usual, you will have to wait for them to publish the formal review, but as has become my recent habit, I … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Colonisation of Time by Giordano Nanni

Today’s ‘spring forward’ in the UK (clocks changing one hour to British Summer Time) suggests it’s a good moment to post the following, a review of Giordano Nanni’s wonderful book The Colonisation of Time. In 1884 Greenwich Mean Time was … Continue reading

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REVIEW(ish): Rosemary Seton’s ‘Western Daughters in Eastern Lands: British Missionary Women in Asia’ (2013)

Back in the spring (such as it was), Rosemary Seton was kind enough to ask me to speak at the book launch for her much-awaited contribution to the history of missionary women Western Daughters in Eastern Lands: British Missionary Women … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Welsh Missionaries and British imperialism by Andrew May (Manchester University Press, 2013)

I have recently been reading Andrew May’s Welsh missionaries and British imperialism for a review in the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial Studies and can say that it is both excellent, and beautifully written. Focusing on the experience of both … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Family Secrets: living with shame from the Victorians to the present day by Deborah Cohen (Penguin, 2013)

Deborah Cohen’s Family Secrets: living with shame from the Victorians to the present day is an engaging and vivacious read. Filled to the brim with well-researched anecdotes and well-chosen illustrations, it is certainly enjoyable. Cohen’s premise is essentially that as … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Thicker Than Water: Siblings and their Relations, 1780-1920 by Leonore Davidoff (Oxford University Press, 2012)

‘Until the final decades of the twentieth century social scientists, historians, and intellectuals, like the general public, have tended to take for granted the family as either part of the material order and the heartland of accepted morality or as … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Incest and Influence: the private life of bourgeois England by Adam Kuper (Harvard University Press, 2010)

In July 1838 Charles Darwin, recently returned from his voyage on the Beagle, found himself contemplating marriage. ‘The arguments in favour were solid if unromantic. “Children – (if it Please God) – Constant companion, (& friend in old age) who … Continue reading

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