Karl Marx got it right

Whether the refusal to allow the Confederate states the right to self-determination, flying as it did in the face of the Declaration of Independence, was the first overt act of American imperialism is a question that goes largely undiscussed.

A starring role for the Tsar

In reviewing Robert Harvey’s The War of Wars: The Epic Struggle Between Britain and France, 1793-1815 in these pages three years ago, I asked the question, ‘Who, in the end, defeated Napoleon Bonaparte?’; or rather, I repeated the question that Harvey himself posed at the end of his comprehensive account of the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.

Darkness at dawn

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, by Anthony Beevor
The Forgotten Voices of D-Day, by Roderick Bailey, in association with the Imperial War Museum


The man for the hour

The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006-2008, by Thomas E. Ricks


Order out of chaos

The English Civil Wars, 1640-1660, by Blair Worden

Behind the fighting lines

Memories of an SOE Historian, by M. R. D. Foot

The secrets of Room 40

‘Blinker’ Hall, Spymaster, by David Ramsay

Memoirs of the Great War

Survivors of a Kind, by Brian Bond

Not just Hitler

The Third Reich at War, 1939-1945, by Richard L. Evans

The spice of danger

From the Front Line: Family Letters & Diaries, 1900 to the Falklands & Afghanistan, by Hew Pike