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The Famine Memorial Structure in Dublin. Image: Getty

The Great Irish Famine revisited

12 November 2012 11:54

The bare statistics of the Great Irish Famine are chilling enough: in 1845-55 more than a million people died of starvation and disease and a further two million emigrated. Ireland’s… Continue reading

Michael Newton argues that assassination is an event for public consumption. Image: Getty.

Killing as entertainment

18 October 2012 9:36

‘The history of our love affair with violence’ is how Michael Newton describes his new book, Age of Assassins. In fact, its scope is much narrower: assassination in Europe and… Continue reading

Abandoned village, Getty Images

Last rites

28 August 2012 9:10

‘Village’, to most middle-Englanders, conjures up a cosy, living community. Perhaps the post office is threatened with closure or the bus timetable is to be cut, but the hanging baskets… Continue reading

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George Washington: Gentleman warrior

15 August 2012 11:24

It is easy to forget that the dignified eighteenth-century gentleman whose image appears on the one-dollar bill, the first President and father of his nation, owed his position entirely to… Continue reading


Great British Prime Ministers

16 May 2012 10:22

Everyone enjoys making and perusing lists of ‘greatest’ — nineteenth-century novels, Beatles LPs, generals, opening batsmen, and so on. The choices inevitably reflect the compiler’s tastes and prejudices, and are… Continue reading