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Book review: July 1914: Countdown to War by Sean McMeekin

Book review: July 1914: Countdown to War by Sean McMeekin


Author: Sean McMeekin
Publisher: Icon Books
Reviewed by: Nigel Jones
Price (RRP): £25

There are two conflicting schools of thought in the historiography of how the Great War – probably the biggest disaster in human history – began.

Book review: Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present by Brendan Simms

Book review: Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present by Brendan Simms
Author: Brendan Simms
Publisher: Allen Lane
Reviewed by: Tim Blanning
Price (RRP): £30

How do you write a history of Europe between the Turkish capture of Constantinople in 1453 and the present day without making it seem like a list of dates? The answer of Brendan Simms in his new book is both simple and brilliantly successful: take a strong thesis and argue it through from start to finish.

Book review: Medieval Pets by Kathleen Walker-Meikle

Book review: Medieval Pets by Kathleen Walker-Meikle
Author: Kathleen Walker-Meikle
Publisher: Boydell Press
Reviewed by: Aleks Pluskowski
Price (RRP): £25

Although the topic of pets and pet-keeping in the Middle Ages has been touched on by other scholars, this is the first book of its kind, with Walker-Meikle bringing together the fragmented sources into a novel and comprehensive survey.

Book Review: Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944–1956 by Anne Applebaum

Book Review: Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944–1956 by Anne Applebaum
Author: Anne Applebaum
Publisher: Allen Lane
Reviewed by: Michael Cox
Price (RRP): £25

Michael Cox praises a masterful account of the rise of communism throughout eastern Europe after the Second World War