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Universities Press Review

Universities Press Review (December 2019)

Dear Reader,

Thank you for getting in touch. I am currently working on a cultural history of modern France (a sort of companion to my book, The German Genius), which will be delivered to the publisher in April 2020, and published – all being well – about a year after that. Meanwhile, here is a new feature for my website. If you have got in touch with me because you have read one or another of my books, the chances are that our interests overlap or coincide, in particular in regard to the history of ideas.

Titles reviewed in this edition

  • Why Women Read Fiction, by Helen Taylor
  • Ancient Knowledge Networks: A Social Geography of Cuneiform Scholarship in First-Millennium Assyria and Babylonia, by Eleanor Robson
  • Old Man Country: My Search for Meaning Among the Elders, by Thomas R. Cole
  • Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao to Xi Jinping, by Roger Faligot, translated by Natasha Lehrer
  • None of Your Damn Business: Privacy in the United States from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age, by Lawrence Capello
  • Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now?, by Paul Nahin
  • Westminster Abbey: A Church in History, by Edited by David Cannadine
  • Ingenious: The Unintended Consequences of Human Innovation, by Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson
  • Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists, by Audrey Kurth Cronin

The Discovery of Fatherhood

Special feature

In my history books – some of them anyway – I have tried to draw attention to most of the important intellectual developments in the past, even the distant past.

One breakthrough, which I regard as arguably the most important breakthrough of all (for its effects on the way we think about ourselves and our social organisation), has received almost no reporting, and so I have created a special space for it here. It is just a few pages long, but if the argument is correct, the consequences are momentous. Read on …

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