History book reviews

Reviews of the latest history books, all written by expert historians.



The Enlightenment and Why It Still Matters
by Anthony Pagden
Justin Champion applauds a vivid exploration of the ways in which Enlightenment ideas shaped centuries of history 
Roman Disasters
by Jerry Toner
Michael Scott enjoys an account of coping with calamity in Roman society
Prisoners of Britain
by Panikos Panayi
Fiona Reid commends a compelling social history of the German people held as prisoners on British soil during the First World War
The Children of Henry VIII
by John Guy
Anna Whitelock considers a new look at Henry VIII's children, and how his marital troubles shaped their lives
The Famine Plot: England’s Role in Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy
by Tim Pat Coogan
Cormac Ó Gráda considers an opinionated take on the causes of Ireland's Great Famine  
by Helen Bynum
Carsten Timmermann recommends a global history of tuberculosis
World War Two: A Short History
by Norman Stone
Ashley Jackson commends a masterful - and concise - account of the horrific sprawl of the Second World War
Worlds of Arthur: Facts and Fictions of the Dark Ages
by Guy Halsall
Ryan Lavelle praises a lively deconstruction of Arthurian legend and the myths surrounding post-Roman Britain
An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo
by Richard Davenport-Hines
Francis Beckett is enthralled by a study of the Profumo Affair – and what it says about England of the 1960
Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present
by Brendan Simms
Tim Blanning considers a sweeping narrative that puts Germany at the heart of centuries of European history
Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem  and the Modernisation  of the Monarchy
by Paul Thomas Murphy
Kate Williams on a look at the effects of attempts to assassinate Victoria  
The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe
by Marci Shore
David Priestland commends an impressive journey through the aftermath of communism in eastern Europe
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