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Response to Review no. 300

On the day of this book’s publication, Simon Jenkins praised it in a Times column for guarding the gates of intellectual rigour and struggling to maintain standards against a flood of ‘distorted, biased, glamorised and perverted’ popularisation. ‘History’, he writes approvingly of my treatment, ‘is too important to be left to journalists and movie-makers.’ InContinue reading “Response to Review no. 300”

CartoonHub: The Website of the Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature

However much cartoon specialists might deplore the fact, the principal academic use of cartoons originally published in newspapers and magazines is as supporting illustrative material for primarily text-based enterprises. Think only of the many books on modern British history which lack entirely a visual component except for the Punch cartoon adorning the cover (mea culpa:Continue reading “CartoonHub: The Website of the Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature”

Namier in Petticoats?

Diana Spencer has a lot to answer for: suddenly, women of the landowning classes are back in vogue, possibly for the first time since the 1920s, when everyone from Virginia Woolf to Ramsay MacDonald seemed to love a lady. In academic circles, where Diana carries comparatively little weight, a more plausible trend-setter might be StellaContinue reading “Namier in Petticoats?”