Jeremy Black

Cosy world of the old history boy network

When I asked my academic colleagues to rate historians and their most famous works, their anger at the patronage system surprised me

Overrated: Aircraft carriers

The Royal Navy’s two new flagships may be too unwieldy and vulnerable

Underrated: Anti-tank weapons

“Anti-weapons” are much better value for money than aircraft carriers

Slavery reparations and the politics of anger

Calls for compensation to the descendants of slaves simplify history and miss the point that Africa was complicit in human trafficking

London doesn’t need another Holocaust memorial

‘London does not need a new Holocaust memorial in the shadow of Parliament. It already has a very moving one in Hyde Park’ 

Wrong turn — or an inevitable process?

How will posterity view Brexit? Historians may now ignore its causes, but their successors may see it as just another response to global events

Empires and their aftermath

Heavy-hitters tackling big subjects of direct relevance to Britain today — now that is good news

Here Be Dragons

An account of myths, lies and blunders on maps reveals their fascination and beauty

The History Of Our History

Two new editions of classic texts illuminate the duality of deep histories

How Not to Remember the First World War

We historians are failing in our responsibility to illuminate past and present by focusing on the slaughter without explaining its purpose 

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"