Julia Boyd, Travellers in the Third Reich

The Tourist’s Third Reich Julia Boyd, Travellers in the Third Reich, The Rise of Fascism through the Eyes of Everyday People, Elliott and Thompson, 2017, pp. 456. Despite a misleading title and sub-title, Julia Boyd’s book is actually about travellers in Germany in the entire period 1918-45 and is, of course, about the rise of […]

Jeffrey Edward Green, The Shadow of Unfairness

Jeffrey Edward Green, The Shadow of Unfairness: a Plebeian Theory of Liberal Democracy, OUP, 2019 (hardback 2016), pp. xi + 252. As a young adult my principal activities were the learning and teaching of political philosophy. The subject had been prominently declared “dead”, but was able to continue in the forms of biography and autopsy. […]

Stathis N. Kalyvas, Modern Greece

Stathis N. Kalyvas, Modern Greece, What Everyone Needs to Know, OUP, 2015, pp. 242 You can’t really trust an historian who tells you (p.66) that Lloyd George was prime minister of the UK in 1913, but this is not history as such, but an historical essay aimed at understanding Greece’s economic and political traumas in […]

Davis Wootton, Power, Pleasure and Profit

Why Did the Samaritan Cross the Road? David Wootton, Power, Pleasure and Profit: Insatiable Appetites from Machiavelli to Madison, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2018, pp. 386. This is a book on the (very large) subject of “the Enlightenment” and its moral consequences. That it is a traditional scholarly work can be judged […]

Frances Welch, Imperial Tea Party

Frances Welch, Imperial Tea Party, family, politics and betrayal: the ill-fated British and Russian royal alliance, Short Books, 2018, pp. 282. Although rather amateurishly presented in several respects this is a fascinating and well-researched slice of history. It covers the three meetings of the British royal family with their Romanov cousins in the years before […]