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Universities Press Review

Universities Press Review 5 (March 2020)

Dear Reader,

Thank you for getting in touch. (If you have done so recently then you are doing you best to lead a normal life at an abnormal time – good for you.) 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 September 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

  • Around the World in 80 Words, A Journey Through the English Language, by Paul Anthony Jones
  • Democracy in America? What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It, by By Benjamin I. Page and Martin Gilens
  • The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Food, by Edited by J. Michelle Coghlan
  • Vincent’s Books: Van Gogh and the Writers Who Inspired Him, by Mariella Guzzoni
  • Taking America Back for God, Christian Nationalism in the United States, by Andrew L. Whitehead and Samuel L. Perry
  • Is Europe Christian?, by Olivier Roy, translated by Cynthia Schoch
  • The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West, by David Kilcullen
  • The First Soldier: Hitler as a Military Leader, by Stephen G. Fitz
  • Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West, by Justin Farrell
  • Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life, by John Kaag

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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