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10 November 1994
Mobility and Migration: East Anglian Founders of New England, 1629-1640 
by Roger Thompson.
Massachusetts, 305 pp., £39.50, April 1994, 0 87023 893 0
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Ad apting to a New World: English Society in the 17th-century Chesapeak
by James Horn.
North Carolina, 461 pp., $65, September 1994, 0 8078 2137 3
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... It is no new thing for British historians to write knowledgeably about American history. They were at work by the early 18th century, wrote significant histories (mainly Tory) of the American Revolution soon after the event had concluded, and in the 19th century produced, in G ...
8 May 1997
Beyond the Frontier: the Politics of a Failed Mission, Bulgaria 1944 
by E.P. Thompson.
Merlin/Stanford, 120 pp., £12.95, December 1996, 0 85036 457 4
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... E.P. Thompson, historian and peacemaker, known as Edward to his friends, died at his home near Worcester in 1993 ...
4 September 1980
... The Western powers and the USSR started by producing and stockpiling nuclear weapons as a deterrent to general war ...

Dykes, Drongs, Sarns, Snickets

David Craig: Walking England

20 December 2012
The English Lakes: A History 
by Ian Thompson.
Bloomsbury, 343 pp., £16.99, March 2012, 978 1 4088 0958 7
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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot 
by Robert Macfarlane.
Hamish Hamilton, 432 pp., £20, June 2012, 978 0 241 14381 0
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... Both these books, in very different ways, are founded on what we experience when we frequent wild country – sometimes virgin, more often partially domesticated ...
17 July 1980
Arguments within English Marxism 
by Perry Anderson.
New Left Books, 218 pp., £3.95, May 1980, 0 86091 727 4
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Capitalism, State Formation and Marxist Theory 
edited by Philip Corrigan.
Quartet, 232 pp., £4.95, May 1980, 0 7043 2241 2
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Writing by Candlelight 
by E.P. Thompson.
Merlin, 286 pp., £2.70, May 1980, 0 85036 257 1
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... The Englishness of English historians lies in their eclecticism. Few would admit to being unswerving Marxists, Freudians, Structuralists, Cliometricians, Namierites, or even Whigs ...
31 May 2017
... It was​ the mention of chili con carne, an exotic dish in the late 1950s, on a menu at the exhibition about the Partisan coffee house at Four Corners Gallery (until 27 May) that provided the appropriate madeleine ...
25 August 2011
... In October last year, after discussions that took place over just nine days, the BBC agreed to take the funding of the World Service off the hands of the government from 2014 ...
18 March 1999
Life’s Other Secret: The New Mathematics of the Living World 
by Ian Stewart.
Penguin, 320 pp., £20, June 1998, 0 7139 9161 5
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... Each week I plot your equations dot for dot, xs ag ainst ys in all manner of algebraical relation, and every week they draw themselves as commonplace geometry, as if the world of forms were nothing but arcs and angles ...
3 February 1983
The Birth of a Consumer Society: The Commercialisation of 18th-Century Englan
by Neil McKendrick, John Brewerand J.H. Plumb.
Europa, 355 pp., £18.50, July 1982, 0 905118 00 6
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... The American historian J. H. Hexter once complained that the myth of an assertive and ascendant middle class had distorted accounts of almost every century of English history ...
5 February 2015
A Different Class of Murder: The Story of Lord Lucan 
by Laura  Thompson.
Head of Zeus, 422 pp., £20, November 2014, 978 1 78185 536 2
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... Well,’​ said the heavily bandaged Countess of Lucan from her hospital bed, eyeing her sister and brother-in-law with no great affection, ‘now who’s the one with par anoia eh?’ Forty years after the murder of the Lucans’ nanny, Sandra Rivett, the answer is pretty much everybody ...

A Kind of Greek

Jeremy Harding: Frank Thompson

7 March 2013
A Very English Hero: The Making of Frank Thompson 
by Peter Conradi.
Bloomsbury, 419 pp., £18.99, August 2012, 978 1 4088 0243 4
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... Preliminary sketches for the great canvas of the Cold War were already under way in the Balkans in the summer of 1944 when Frank Thompson was executed ...

Diary

Andrew O’Hag an: Jon Venables

25 March 2010
... I’ve been thinking all week about Jon Venables. In some way, I find it too distressing to write down what the case means to me, when so many people believe the young man is simply a lost cause, a person in the grip of evil ...

Short Cuts

Jenny Diski: Mary Whitehouse’s Letters

20 December 2012
... I’m not good at forgiving. It’s always been one of the worst aspects of my char acter, and now that I am old, there’s no chance it’s going to get better ...

Ode on a Dishclout

Joanna Innes: Domestic Servants

14 April 2011
Labours Lost: Domestic Service and the Making of Modern Englan
by Carolyn Steedman.
Cambridge, 410 pp., £21.99, November 2009, 978 0 521 73623 7
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... Carolyn Steedman’s is a distinctive, probing, inquiring voice. Personal, but not solipsistic. We never forget, reading her books, that there’s a mind in charge, but not one that’s preoccupied with itself: it is always grappling with some other experience, some other way of seeing, which can’t be re-experienced, but can be hunted, glimpsed, located in its habitat, experimentally ventriloquised, considered from different points of view (some critical), or approached indirectly through its impact on others, or through its refracted representations ...

Five Feet Tall in His Socks

Patrick Collinson: Farewell to the Muggletonians

5 June 2008
Last Witnesses: The Muggletonian History, 1652-1979 
by William Lamont.
Ashgate, 267 pp., £55, August 2006, 0 7546 5532 6
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... It is said that when representatives of the Society of Friends came to Buckingham Pal ace in 1945 to present a loyal address at the end of World War Two, the king asked who these people were ...

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