Current Affairs and Journalism
Toby Green has written reviews and features for a wide range of media, ranging from book reviews of fiction by Isabel Allende to comment pieces for the Guardian, Prospect, and Times Higher Education, feature essays for Aeon and History Today, and numerous travel features for the Financial Times. He has also contributed comment pieces to a number of online magazines, including African Arguments, Culturico, and UnHerd.
The Covid Consensus
The Covid Consensus takes an internationalist perspective and argues that the response to Covid-19 reveals irreconcilable contradictions in Western thought, with devastating consequences for the Global Poor and the poor and disadvantaged in Western societies. Green's research reveals new evidence as to the impetus behind the WHO's advice on lockdowns, and argues that the policies represented radical continuities of existing trends of inequality, mediatisation and surveillance that threaten the future of liberal democracies.
Toby Green has written a number of comment pieces and features regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and responses to it in print and online media, including Prospect, African Arguments, History Today, UnHerd, Times Higher Education and Culturico:
Prospect article on health and the Global South:
UnHerd article on vaccines in Africa:
Aeon article on economic crisis, poverty and the lessons of African history for the present:
Co-authored article with Carlos Cardoso in African Arguments:
History Today article on Africa, debt and historical parallels to the pandemic:
Culturico article on Covid and the crisis in Western thought:
Co-authored article with Ambreena Manji, Carli Coetzee and Ola Uduku in Times Higher Education:
Unherd article on the failure of lockdowns in Eastern Europe:
Toby Green wrote dozens of reviews for the Independent, and has also written criticism for the London Review of Books, History Today, Times Higher Education, and the TLS. He has reviewed books by, among others, David Abulafia, Tariq Ali, Isabel Allende, William Dalrymple, Jared Diamond, the late Eduardo Galeano, Francisco Goldman, John Gray, and Charles C. Mann. He has also interviewed writers including Ma Jian, and the late WG Sebald (republished alongside an interview by the late Susan Sontag in the Journal of European Studies).
Interview with WG Sebald:
Review of Chocolate Islands by Catherine Higgs in the London Review of Books:
Book review of A Primer for Teaching African Historyby Trevor Getz:
Review of 1493 by Charles C. Mann:
Review of Pirates of the Caribbean by Tariq Ali:
Review of The Art of Political Murder by Francisco Goldman:
Toby Green has written features for a wide range of print and online media. He has contributed numerous features for Aeon, the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Guardian, History Today, the Observer, and Prospect.
Comment piece on the Inquisition from the Guardian's editorial page:
History Today article on Africa's global histories:
Co-authored article in Prospect on Guinea-Bissau:
Article on Cape Verde in the Financial Times:
Article in Aeon about Precolonial African history:
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