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Reviews of Jeremy's work

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

“The problem of insurgencies and how to defeat them still poses tremendous challenges to modern militaries. Industrial weapons, modern systems of organization, and now computerized information have all proven elusive as war winners against adaptive insurgents. Jeremy Black brings much-needed historical perspective to this problem, which will be invaluable for all who wrestle with trying to understand where insurgents come from and how to reduce the threat they pose.”
— Michael S. Neiberg, author of Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe

“A masterful survey from the Roman Empire to present-day Syria. Jeremy Black not only discusses the historical evolution of armed rebellions and COIN but also throws light on their probable nature in the near future.” 
— Kaushik Roy, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway

Insurgency is published by Rowman and Littlefield and is available from August 2016.

The Holocaust, History and Memory

This is a valuable addition to the literature on the Holocaust.  Its value is twofold.

First, this excellent brief study places the Holocaust in the context of Germany’s military strategy in World War II.  It is a timely reminder that Hitler’s genocidal determination to rid Europe of its Jewish population was a key element in Germany’s conduct of the war.  Black also emphasises the extent to which all of Europe was complicit in the destruction of European Jewry.

Secondly, in detailing the history of the memorialization of the Holocaust in Europe and beyond, Black insightfully explores important and still unresolved questions concerning the nature and presence of evil in the world, and alerts readers to the ever-present dangers of divisiveness and prejudice in today’s political and theological climate.

Ian J. Bickerton, UNSW

The Cold War

British historian Black (emer., Univ. of Exeter, UK), a prolific author on war in the modern world, has produced an excellent, concise account of the Cold War.  His scope is huge—from the Russian Revolution to the fall of the Soviet Union, covering events in Europe, Asia, and Africa—all in just a little more than 200 pages!  Thus, he has updated but not supplanted the standard work in the field—The Cold War: A New History (CH, Sep'06, 44-0470), by John Lewis Gaddis.  Black has a quick and easy writing style, and every few pages, the book features a bold, black-faced heading, such as "The Chinese Civil War," thus functioning well as both text and reference work.  On the negative side, the print is both light and small.  There are no maps, pictures of leading individuals, or glossary of Cold War terminology.  Despite those shortcomings, this book will be required reading for all modern history and political science majors on the undergraduate level and hence a required purchase for all academic libraries.

Jeremy's British politics and foreign policy, 1727–44 (Farnham/Burlington: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 318, £75, ISBN 9781472414250 is reviewed in February's edition of Archives.

Jeremy's The Tory world: deep history and the Tory theme in British foreign policy, 1679–2014 (Farnham, Ashgate, 2015), pp. 392, £80, ISBN 9781472414298 is reviewed in February's edition of Archives.

Review by George Goodwin of Other Pasts, Different Presents, Alternative Futures in History Today Vol 65, isswue 12 December 2015. Read the review

Review by Peter J. Hugill of The Power of Knowledge in Journal of Historical Geography. Read the review

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