The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942

BOOK NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The British Empire, 1815-1939. By Paul Knaplund.
New York: Harper Brothers, 1941. Pp. 789. Appendix.
Mr. Knaplund has attempted to cover a vast field of material
within the covers of a single volume; therefore, one might excuse
some of the deficiencies of the volume to the nature of the
attempt. His regrettable word usage in several instances,
however, cannot be regarded as coming under this amnesty. His
wording of the Declaratory Act of 1766 (p. 4) is misleading con-
cerning the scope and general character of the act. He leaves
the student new to British history with the idea that this act
was an imperial surrender of the right of taxation over the
colonies in general. Students of American history will ques-
tion his implication that the collapse of the Confederate Gov-
ernment was due in so great an extent to a weak central gov-
ernment (p. 230).
Professor Knaplund has produced a book which brings togeth-
er a wealth of information on the last century of the British
empire. But the form of the book detracts to a certain extent
from the usefulness of the work for the average student; the
period treatment destroys its over-all continuity of the work.
An excellent bibliography and adequate index are contained in
the volume.
VAN MITCHELL SMITH, JR.
The University of Texas.
A Memoir of an American Family. The Harrisons of Skimino
and particularly of Jesse Burton and Burton Norrell Harrison,
has been presented to the Association. This volume is edited
by Fairfax Harrison from material collected by Francis Burton
Harrison and privately printed for them in 1910.
CORAL H. TULLIS.
The University of Texas.
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