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Dear Editors & Readers: As our H-NET Campaign continues, I would like to highlight the area of H-NET Reviews, and encourage you to support H-NET in continuing to deliver this wonderful service. The H-NET Book Reviews began as a small enterprise in H-NET, but they have gained credibility and indeed, we are the largest publisher of book reviews in academe. H-Net published about 1900 Book Reviews annually. The H-NET Book Reviews are unique because they allow unparalleled, in-depth analysis of the book, possible dialogue, and timely publication. This gives great support to the professional aims of any aspiring academic. I'd like to encourage you to not just view Book Reviews in your own list at: <http://www.h-net.org/reviews/>http://www.h-net.org/reviews/ The entire Book Review section is a treasury of information. They are a good tool for preparing for one s research, intellectual discussions, and as exercises to allow students to learn how to analyze the literature. For example, in another life, I am Chair of a Division of Social Sciences. Last week I was interviewing some candidates to teach a US History Survey and as some of the most inspiring people are PhD candidates, we began to talk about their research. We began to discuss the literature on identity, and later I was able to follow it up by going to the H-NET Book Review Section and typing in an advanced search for Identities, getting more than one hundred entries, with major information provided so that I know if I want to look at those reviews and possibly the books themselves. In addition to normal search criteria, you can search by discussion network, by year, and by keyword. One can use H-NET Book Reviews for research and for teaching. Here is a sample of the first entry under identities: [Excerpt] David J. Baker and Willy Maley, eds. British Identities and English Renaissance Literature. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. xvi + 297 pp. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 0-521-78200-7. Reviewed by Krishan Kumar, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia. Published by H-Albion (February, 2004) Literature and History in the Study of Early Modern British Identities This timely and important collection of essays, mainly by students of literature, is placed squarely within the "new British history" pioneered by John Pocock in the 1970s and 1980s. Pocock argued that the history of Britain, or of the United Kingdom, had largely been English history writ large. This had led not just to the neglect of the parts played by the other peoples of the British Isles but to a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the United Kingdom itself, as a culture and a polity. . . The above brief excerpt exemplifies the issues of access, depth, and quality that are the hallmarks of H-NET Reviews. The Reviews are an important reason why you should take a few moments and support H-NET by giving a donation this week. H-NET is a non- profit organization that has free access to all reviews, all discussion logs, and important services. Donations of all sizes are important because only together can we make sure that H-NET can continue. There are more than 140,000 H-NET subscribers. If even half of the H-NET subscribers would donate at the $5, $25, $100, or $500 level, we could create a stable funding stream and expand our abilities in the world of electronic scholarship. All you need to do is to go to the donations page at: <http://www.h-net.org/donations/>http://www.h-net.org/donations/ You can donate online, by mail, or by phone in a secure environment. We also have updated the Reviews section with a click through to all the major book vendors, so that if you click to them through H- NET, a portion of that purchase price will go to support your networks on H-NET. You can click ON to the vendors from the review page or at the book reviews themselves. Finally, I want to thank ALL of you who have been so generous with your donations and kind notes. The list of Donors on the Donation Page does not reflect all the people who have donated. You need to click the box to be listed (in protection of people s privacy), but the council and officers have been very encouraged and are looking forward to hearing from you during this last week of the campaign. So keep those comments on your discussion networks - coming in - along with your donations. Sincerely, Marilyn A. Levine, President H-NET -- ******************************************* Costica Bradatan, PhD H-Ideas Online Editor Cornell University, The Knight Institute http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/cb277/ *******************************************