Early modern book reviews online

A list of reviews, most since September. The groupings are fairly rough and ready; the emphasis tends towards British and Atlantic history simply because those are the sources of reviews that I’m most familiar with. (Those interested in other parts of the world might do well to start at the relevant mailing lists/reviews at H-Net – a few other lists are sampled here.)

Humanism and America: an intellectual history of English colonization 1500-1625
Englishmen transplanted: the English colonization of Barbados 1627-1660
Russia’s Steppe frontier: the making of a colonial empire 1500-1800

John Lambert, Parliamentary soldier and Cromwellian major-general, 1619-1684
Politics and war in the three Stuart kingdoms / Swordsmen: the martial ethos in the three kingdoms
The prince and the infanta / The winter king
The British navy and the state in the eighteenth century
Parliaments, nations and identities in Britain and Ireland 1650-1850
A court in exile: the Stuarts in France 1689-1718
Ruling Ireland 1685-1742: politics, politicians and parties

The tale of Boiarynia Morozova: a seventeenth-century religious life
The Enlightenment and religion: the myths of modernity
Reformation: Europe’s house divided 1490-1700
Scotland, England and the Reformation 1534-1561

Theatre of acculturation: the Roman ghetto in the sixteenth century
The Church of England in industrialising society: the Lancashire parish of Whalley in the eighteenth century
The politics of the excluded 1500-1850
The great plague: the story of London’s most deadly year
Creole gentlemen: the Maryland elite 1691-1776
Revolutionary currents: nation building in the transatlantic world
Atlantic Virginia: intercolonial relations in the seventeenth century; and another review

Tropical Babylons: sugar and the making of the Atlantic world 1450-1680
Prosperity and plunder: European Catholic monasteries in the age of revolution
Contract and property in early modern China
Emergence of economic society in Japan 1600-1859

The mapmaker’s quest: depicting new worlds in Renaissance Europe
Publishing, culture and power in early modern China
Publishing and medicine in early modern England / Medical conflicts in early modern England (and an author’s response)
Arts and arms: literature, politics and patriotism during the Seven Years’ War
Samuel Johnson and the making of modern England
Italy and the Grand Tour / France and the Grand Tour
The Zimmern chronicle: nobility, memory and self-representation in sixteenth-century Germany
Style in the art theory of early modern Italy
How early America sounded

Becoming criminal: transversal performance and cultural dissidence in early modern England
Sodomy in Reformation Germany and Switzerland 1400-1600

Roman invasions: the British history, protestant anti-romanism and the historical imagination in England 1530-1660
Nuns as historians in early modern Germany

Previous listings at EMN
August supplement

Reviews in early modern history at EMR

4 thoughts on “Early modern book reviews online”

  1. I love that review of Reynolds by Nesvet:

    “After reading Becoming Criminal, my first thought was that Reynolds is a brilliant writer, trying to perpetrate a Sokal-style hoax.”

    All those who share sentiments such as these should head on off to ‘Butterflies and Wheels’- a website devoted to the fight against pseudo-academic foolery.

  2. Great, eh? (And I can’t wait for the author’s promised response… well, I probably can.) The kind of review that leaves you thinking, looks like I ought to read this, but…

    I like the cultural approach to crime, when it’s well done. This sounds pretty dire, and moreover as though it doesn’t even abide by the postmodernist ideas it wants to shove down the reader’s throat (I mean, someone who uses statements in a sixteenth-century criminal statute as direct evidence for what was going on in the real world at the time should surely be shot down in flames by postmodernists just as much as source-criticism traditionalists like me?)

  3. Have you read any of Shani D’Cruz’s work – which is mainly on the C19th and C20th? She does the cultural take on crime pretty well, IMO.

  4. I’ve read about her more than actually read her work (and heard very good things), although I think I’ve read something some time ago and liked it a lot. (I certainly remember being really impressed by a paper she gave at one of the very first conferences I ever went to.)

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