nglish tea-chests are thrown into Boston harbour, 16 December 1773

Spectator books of the year: A.N. Wilson on the British Pushkin

15 November 2014 12:31

Tristram Hunt’s Ten Cities that Made an Empire (Allen Lane, £25) is a stylish history of the British empire, told through its…

The setting sun illuminates the sculpture of the  'Brooding Soldier'. The monument commemorates the Canadian First Division's participation in the Second Battle of Ypres of World War I. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: The Canadians are coming

13 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 17 October 1914: To all British people here and overseas by far the most delightful news of…

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Scottish independence: an exemplary or cautionary foreign policy Rorschach Test?

9 April 2014 15:35

The eyes of the world are upon us. Or so Scottish Nationalists like to say. Whae’s like us? There is…

Mourners file past the coffin of Winston Churchill on 30th January 1965. His body lay in state for 3 days.

Winston Churchill was a very human leader, says Churchill and Empire author Lawrence James

13 August 2013 11:18

More books have been written about Winston Churchill than perhaps any other figure in British history. Do we really need…

Enthusiasts Take Part In The Annual Reenactment Of The Battle Of Hastings

The History Kids

13 December 2012 15:28

Martin Kettle has a column in today’s Guardian lamenting the inadequacy of the teaching of English history in schools today.…

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Across the literary pages: Pankaj Mishra

30 July 2012 16:12

An easy, sure-fire way of generating a bit of publicity is picking a fight with a provocative public intellectual. Rather than…

British Prime Minister David Cameron arr

The politics of tax avoidance

20 June 2012 17:00

There is much excitement on the wires about David Cameron’s attitude to tax avoidance. The PM’s just told ITV news:‘He’s…


From the archives: Defending the Falklands

2 April 2012 11:40

To mark the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands War, here’s Ferdinand Mount’s column from the time:The last…

Attacking Harry Flashman is a Fool’s Game

11 May 2011 16:27

So Ed Miliband brought up the Flashman thing at Prime Minister’s Questions today. How rum. Now I think it would…

Mau-Mauing Obama and Nodding to the Birthers

1 March 2011 23:26

As the candidate most likely to aver that the stars really are “God’s daisy chain” Mike Huckabee is already the…

What about Whig history?

9 November 2010 16:00

Simon Schama, who is advising the government on drawing up a new history section of the national curriculum, has an…

Texas Wakes Up!

4 March 2010 17:31

Sadly this is a safe Republican seat so Ms Rogers won’t be going to Washington any time soon. Still –…

The American Way of Empire

30 November 2009 18:29

Actually, the existence of any such imperial ambitions is generally denied, even though the US has been an expansionist power…

Yes, Mary Seacole was Black. So what?

2 October 2009 3:29

I confess that until recently I had never heard of Mary Seacole. But, like Boris Johnson, who found himself in…

The Washington Delusion

24 June 2009 16:55

In one sense, of course, John McCain is correct to say: “The president saying that we didn’t want to be…

Imperialists for Obama!

25 October 2008 16:02

Via Clive Davis, I see that Niall Feguson has abandoned John McCain. In a Guardian interview he says: He denies…

Apart from lasting 400 years and dominating the known world, the Roman Empire was obviously a failure, right?

5 August 2008 15:53

Apparently in 2002 the Pentagon commissioned a study (which I’ve not read yet) of imperial power entitled the “Military Advantage…

The Dubya Has Landed

15 June 2008 17:10

Via Jim Manzi, it seems that thousands and thousands of people are being inconvenienced by George W Bush’s arrival at…

Sarko’s NATO Problem

7 April 2008 21:05

Here’s The Economist reporting developments in France: THE Gaullist backlash against Nicolas Sarkozy’s new Atlanticism has begun in earnest, and…