Here is the latest issue of the International Review of Scottish Studies. Jonathan Barrett (Open Polytechnic): Conflict in “Middle-earth”: Employment Law, Globalisation and Independent Film Workers (in New Zealand). A review of 1688: The First Modern Revolution by Steve Pincus. A review of Imperialist Canada by Todd Gordon. The English diet has been mythologised as one of roasted meats and few vegetables but the nation’s approach to food has been rather more complicated than that. A review of Lineages of Empire: The Historical Roots of British Imperial Thought. A review of Labours Lost: Domestic Service and the Making of Modern England by Carolyn Steedman. A review of Settler Society in the English Leeward Islands, 1670-1776 by Natalie Zacek. A review of Nations of Immigrants: Australia and the USA Compared. A review of Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-World, 1783-1939 by James Belich. A review of The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective by Robert C. Allen. A review of How the Scots Invented Canada by Ken McGoogan. Ancient Britain was a peninsula until a tsunami flooded its land-links to Europe some 8,000 years ago — did that wave help shape the national character? A review of Anglo-Saxon Culture and the Modern Imagination. The YouTube video "The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained" is exactly what it sounds like.

The inaugural issue of International Journal of Humanities and Social Science is out. Robert Chesney (Texas): Who May Be Killed? Anwar al-Awlaki as a Case Study in the International Legal Regulation of Lethal Force. A review of Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying by Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker. What in the hell is going on in Madison? Katherine Cramer Walsh investigates. For some, a list of 1001 books you "must" read is no mere suggestion; Jeremy Dauber explains his addiction to lists. A review of Everyone's a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture by Joel Best. The Octopus Conspiracy: Andrew Rice on Rachel Begley's search for her father’s killer. A review of Edgar Rice Burroughs & Tarzan: A Biography by Robert W. Fenton. The science of sex: 7 fascinating new findings. The Doctors and the Divine: What do we learn when we diagnose genius? The collapse of secure retirement: Teresa Ghilarducci on the dream of a modestly middle-class retirement is fading. From Hilobrow, just how far back in the day was the day of the pop-up? As it turns out, not very far back at all. Beyond Intellectualism: Robert Wright on becoming an anti-intellectual intellectual. From New Geography, we must all strive to form a new sort of tribe, comprising “reasonable persons of goodwill”. An interview with Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World (and more and more). For how long have we cared about poverty? Tracing the number of references to the word “poverty” in books published since 1700, there was marked increase between 1740 and 1790, culminating in a “Poverty Enlightenment”. From satire to proposal in 120 years: Ptak Science Books found an apparently serious engineering proposal that echoes a satire done more than 100 years earlier.

A new issue of Left History is out. From Socialist Studies, a special issue on Rosa Luxemburg. Pierre Moscovici on the Left in Europe: What does the future hold? An answer to globalisation: Daniele Archibugi on the cosmopolitanism of the Left. From a Delhi University symposium on “Globalization, Justice and Democracy”, Leo Panitch on pursuing a just world order, and a crisis for the Left. More and more and more and more on How to Change the World by Eric Hobsbawm. Reclaim the common in communism: Capitalism and socialism present the world as private or public property — shared, immaterial creation offers an alternative. A review of The Rise of the Green Left: Inside the Worldwide Ecosocialist Movement by Derek Wall (and more and more). The urgency of creating an ecologically sustainable form of human economy is plain; while Deep Ecology may appear to be a radical alternative, it fails to focus on the key question of material social relations. From Monthly Review, Samir Amin on the trajectory of historical capitalism and Marxism’s tricontinental vocation. Among the most fatal aberrations of recent decades is that free-market liberals have assumed the mantle of economic competence; the Left needs to go on the offensive and prove that egalitarian economies are also stronger and more productive. The welfare state as prop for capitalism?: This time-honoured communist critique is too categorical — any credible approach to reforming capitalism entails not attacking the welfare state but supporting its extension on a global scale.