Reviews 2017-03-06T11:24:19+00:00



Return to the UN: United Nations diplomacy in regional conflicts

  • ‘… lively … persuasive … careful analysis… This is a very readable study, combining narrative strength with political acuity, and informative on the years of disappointment … Much has changed since the UN’s annus mirabilis, but Berridge’s conclusions still stand’, Nicholas Sims, London School of Economics, Millenium.
  • ‘The book is well written and closely argued. Although it may be unduly optimistic about the UN’s future prospects, it deserves a wide readership among students of international cooperation’,
    Ken Cosgrove, International Affairs.


Talking to the Enemy: How states without ‘diplomatic relations’ communicate

  • ‘This is an elegant little monograph on what Churchill once called ‘black-market diplomacy, that is, communication between states that, for one reason or another, for example, war, strained relations or non-recognition, lack the normal methods of diplomatic converse… This is illuminating work in an uncultivated field’,
    Percy Cradock, Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser, 1984-92, International Relations.
  • ‘a major study’, Geoffrey Wiseman (editor), Isolate or Engage: Adversarial states, US foreign policy, and public diplomacy (Stanford University Press, 2015), p. 5.


South Africa, the Colonial Powers and ‘African Defence’: The Rise and Fall of the White Entente, 1948-60

  • ‘This book charts the course of postwar defence collaboration in Africa amongst the European colonial powers and South Africa. It is based on a prodigious amount of research in the archives of four countries: Britain, South Africa, France and Belgium… Though Berridge reveals much that has not hitherto been widely known about this subject, perhaps the biggest surprise to emerge is not how extensive, but how limited (and bedevilled by mutual distrust and suspicion) was that collaboration…This book provides an unrivalled insight into formerly secret deliberations on African defence by the white powers in Africa, doing so from a largely Anglo-South African perspective. But while it may long remain an invaluable source of information on this subject, some of the conclusions it draws will not remain unchallenged’, Peter J. Henshaw, South African Historical Journal.