How Information and Technology Made the Modern World

Professor Jeremy Black is one of our great adventurers: author of over 100 books to date, encompassing a wide range of geographical, chronological and intellectual topics, he is a resolute voyager of the mind. In The Power of Knowledge Black draws together his breadth of scholarly interests in support of a seductive argument: that, historically, power has been related to the search for information and the capacity to coordinate, depict, control and make practical use of it.Read more »
More articles by Daniel Snowman

A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

In his delightful Germania (2010) Simon Winder gave his ‘personal’ history of Germany from Charlemagne to Hitler, taking as his starting point for each episode some evocative place one can visit today. Significantly the book has no illustrations, thus inviting the reader to see the vividly described locations in the mind’s eye.Read more »
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The Soldier in Later Medieval England

This book covers the period from 1369 to 1453, corresponding to the middle and later parts of the Hundred Years War, which affords an exceptional wealth of source material about the English military class of that period. In the muster rolls, letters of protection and appointments of attorney, all sources generated by the administrative needs of the English Crown, are recorded some 250,000 records of service, principally in France but also in the British Isles.Read more »
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The Politics of Female Households

This volume covers the roles and influence of ladies-in-waiting in the Tudor and Stuart courts, France, the Habsburg courts, in Vienna and the Spanish Netherlands, and Sweden, with contributions covering several disciplines. This sort of study is useful to independent scholars like myself, who seek to bring the latest scholarly research to a wider audience, although its hefty price tag and self-conscious academic air are less appealing.Read more »
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At the Margins of Victorian Britain

Lionel de Rothschild won the City of London seat in the 1847 general election. Because Rothschild was Jewish he was unable to swear the usual oath and thus take his seat. In 1858, after years of opposition and repeated re-election, a compromise finally allowed him into Parliament. Rainald Knightley, a Conservative opponent, complained that ‘a foreign nobleman came to that table as a representative of the City of London’. While Rothschild used an Austrian title (as Baron de Rothschild), he had been born in London and raised in England.Read more »
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