Jeremy’s Imperial Legacies: The British Empire Around the World is reviewed for the Goodreads website.
This text provides an innovative global military history that joins three periods—World War I, the interwar years, and World War II. Jeremy Black offers a comprehensive survey of both wars, comparing continuities and differences. He traces the causes of each war and assesses land, sea, and air warfare as separate dimensions.
“Jeremy Black has provided another masterful work for the understanding of modern war and history. In examining the twentieth-century world wars from the aspects of strategy, logistics and resources, operational planning, effective leadership, economics, alliance relations, and peoples and societies in conflict, he highlights the commonalities of the two wars but also challenges the long-held notion of a linear interpretation of world war from 1914 to 1945.” — Stan Carpenter, US Naval War College
Listen to Jeremy’s podcast for the New Books Network on his recent publication ‘Charting the Past’
Jeremy’s Britain and Europe. A Short History is reviewed on the GoodReads website.
Jeremy talks with Crawford Gribben, professor of history at Queen’s University Belfast about his new book Britain and Europe. A Short History for the New Books Network.
Jeremy, Janice Kaye, the University Provost and Todd Gray, the Historian of Devon, in the Guildhall of Exeter after Steve Smith was given the Freedom of the City on 5 February 2018.
Jeremy’s review of Jakub Grygiel’s Return of the Barbarians. Confronting Non-State Actors from Ancient Rome to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Xi+222 pp), appears in the Civil Wars journal. Read more
Jeremy’s recent publication, Charting the Past is reviewed by Benjamin Riley in the Wall Street Journal on 25 January 2019. Read more
Britain yesterday; America today.
The reality of being top dog is that everybody hates you. In this provocative book, noted historian and commentator Jeremy Black shows how criticisms of the legacy of the British Empire are, in part, criticisms of the reality of American power today. He emphasises the prominence of imperial rule in history and in the world today, and the selective way in which certain countries are castigated. Imperial Legacies is a wide-ranging and vigorous assault on political correctness, its language, misuse of the past, and grasping of both present and future.
Imperial Legacies. The British Empire Around the World is published by Encounter Books (2018). Read more.
Charting the Past. The Historical Worlds of Eighteenth-Century England
Eighteenth-century England was a place of enlightenment and revolution: new ideas abounded in science, politics, transportation, commerce, religion, and the arts. But even as England propelled itself into the future, it was preoccupied with notions of its past. Jeremy Black considers the interaction of history with knowledge and culture in eighteenth-century England and shows how this engagement with the past influenced English historical writing. The past was used as a tool to illustrate the contemporary religious, social, and political debates that shaped the revolutionary advances of the era. Black reveals this “present-centered” historical writing to be so valued and influential in the eighteenth-century that its importance is greatly underappreciated in current considerations of the period. In his customarily vivid and sweeping approach, Black takes readers from print shop to church pew, courtroom to painter’s studio to show how historical writing influenced the era, which in turn gave birth to the modern world.
Published 2018 by Indian University Press. Read more