Matthew Partridge

Book Review: Blair’s Just War: Iraq and the Illusion of Morality, by Peter Lee

When is it right to go to war? Peter Lee argues that Tony Blair’s “illusion of morality” evaporated after the 2003 Iraq invasion because the ideas he relied upon were taken out of their historical context. Dr Matthew Partridge is not convinced by the author’s arguments, and finds that exaggerations make the book into a polemic, rather than a serious academic study.  Blair’s […]

Book Review: The Labour Party and the World: Labour’s Foreign Policy Since 1951

Rhiannon Vickers should be congratulated for delivering a concise, balanced, and accessible account of how left of centre thinking on foreign policy has evolved over the last sixty years, writes Matthew Partridge.   The Labour Party and the World: Volume 2: Labour’s Foreign Policy Since 1951. Rhiannon Vickers. Manchester University Press. September 2011. Find this book:    Writing a book about the Labour Party’s approach […]

Book Review: British Foreign Policy: The New Labour Years

Matthew Partridge finds that Oliver Daddow and Jamie Gaskarth’s strong collection of essays on Blair and Brown’s foreign policy highs and lows is strong enough to justify its place on reading-lists, covering the Iraq, Afghanistan, and the War on Terror.   British Foreign Policy: The New Labour Years. Oliver Daddow and Jamie Gaskarth. Palgrave MacMillan. July 2011.  This year’s events have prompted academics, […]

Book Review: The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square

Steven Cook‘s master-class in Egyptian political history since the military coup in 1952 is essential to understanding the political tensions between militarists, Islamists, and democrats which persist up to the present day, finds Matthew Partridge. Essential reading following the election of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square. Steven A. Cook. Oxford University Press. […]

Book Review: The Black Banners: Inside the hunt for Al-Qaeda

Matthew Partridge finds many strengths in Ali Soufan’s fascinating account of his time as a FBI Special Agent, covering his attempt to bring Al-Qaeda to justice. The Black Banners: Inside the hunt for Al-Qaeda. Ali H. Soufan. Allen Lane. September 2011. Find this book: Google Books Amazon Although academics are frequently accused of limiting the accessibly of their works by […]

The government’s plans to change the voter registration system will do little to prevent electoral fraud. They may even mean that fewer people vote.

The government’s plans to change the voter registration system in the UK hit the headlines as it was revealed millions of voters could be ‘removed’ from the electoral register. Matthew Partridge argues that the changes, supposedly aimed at reducing fraud in the electoral system, could spark partisan registration drives, drive up the cost of politics and depress turnout.

Book Review: A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Matthew Partridge finds that A Long Goodbye will be of use to students of military and diplomatic history, but that the book doesn’t have the last word on the subject. A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Artemy Kalinovsky. Harvard University Press. May 2011. Find this book: Google Books Amazon LSE Library Since the 1970s, historical study of the Cold […]

Book Review: The Legacy of the Crash: How the Financial Crisis Changed America and Britain

A new collection of articles and essays on the effects of the crisis attempts to explain recent political shifts in Britain and America, reviewed by Matthew Partridge. The Legacy of the Crash: How the Financial Crisis Changed America and Britain. Terrence Casey (ed.) Palgrave. September 2011. Find this book: Google Books Amazon Three years ago the world was gripped by the […]