New Books Network

David Green, “The Hundred Years War: A People’s History” (Yale UP, 2014)
The year 1453 marked the end of an intermittent yet seemingly endless series of wars between the Kingdom of France and the Kingdom of England that, some four hundred years later, was dubbed the Hundred Years War. Depending on how you count even the most conservative estimate of its beginnings... Read More
Jonathan Fennell, “Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Jonathan Fennell’s new book, Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is an unprecedented, panoramic history of the ‘citizen armies’ of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa, the core of the British and Commonwealth... Read More
Mark Peterson, “The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power” (Princeton UP, 2019)
In the vaunted annals of America’s founding, Boston has long been held up as an exemplary “city upon a hill” and the “cradle of liberty” for an independent United States. Wresting this iconic urban center from these misleading, tired clichés, The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic... Read More
Jeremy Black, “The English Press: A History” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
In this succinct and brilliantly written one-volume account of the rise and fall of the English press, premier historian Jeremy Black, the most prolific historian writing in the Anglophone world, if not on the entire planet, traces the English press’s history from the 17th century to the Internet age. The... Read More
Danell Jones, “An African in Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A.B.C. Merriman-Labor” (Hurst, 2018)
In 1919 a man named Ohlohr Maigi died of tuberculosis in London, in deep poverty. He had arrived over a decade before in the imperial capital bearing different name, seeking education, fame and fortune. Some of these he had found, but ultimately he had found much more adversity than success.... Read More
Kirsteen M. MacKenzie, “The Solemn League and Covenant of the Three Kingdoms and the Cromwellian Union 1643-1663” (Routledge, 2018)
Kirsteen M. MacKenzie, an historian who has taught for many years at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, has published a definitive account of the relationships between England, Scotland and Ireland during the Cromwellian republic of the 1650s. The Solemn League and Covenant of the Three Kingdoms and the Cromwellian Union... Read More
Ian Saxine, “Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, and Land Speculators on the New England Frontier” (NYU Press, 2019)
In Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, and Land Speculators on the New England Frontier (NYU Press, 2019), Ian Saxine, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Bridgewater State University, shows the dynamic relationship between Native and English systems of property on the turbulent edge of Britain’s empire, and how so many colonists came... Read More