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Reviews in History – New Reviews 27 August 2009

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We’re back this week (following the deputy editor’s rain-soaked so-called holiday in the north of England) with a bumper crop of reviews.

First up there’s an assessment (no. 782) by Jonathan Blaney of an edited collection of papers on the use of digital media in the study of history, The Virtual Representation of the Past, edited by Mark Greengrass and Lorna Hughes.

Next Keith Flett critiques (no. 783) Jonah Goldberg’s controversial polemic Liberal Fascism: the Secret History of the Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, the subject of much attention on both sides of the Atlantic.

Emmett O’Connor then reviews (no. 784) the recent biography of Jack Lynch (Jack Lynch: a Biography) by Dermot Keogh, challenging what he sees as the book’s attempts to rehabilitate the former Irish Taoiseach’s reputation.

Finally Brett Whalen is impressed (no. 785) by Gary Dickson’s The Children’s Crusade: Medieval History, Modern Mythistory, which tackles both the history of that event and its long afterlife as ‘mythistory’.

As always, please send any comments or suggestions to me at danny.millum@sas.ac.uk or ihr.reviews@sas.ac.uk.