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The Spectator at war: Comparative advantage

31 January 2015 8:30

From ‘Free Traders and Trade Problems’, The Spectator, 30 January 1915: There is every reason to believe that if the chemists of the country would now concentrate on these chemical… Continue reading

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Destroyers on duty: Admiral Beatty's battle cruiser squadron deflecting the German fleet from bombarding the British coast during the Battle of Jutland (1916). Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Spectator at war: Germany shows her hand

30 January 2015 8:30

From ‘The Running Fight in the North Sea’, The Spectator, 30 January 1915: THE splendid success of the battle-cruisers under Admiral Beatty in the North Sea last Sunday means much… Continue reading

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Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia in the field during army manoeuvres with General Helmuth Johannes Ludwig von Moltke.  (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: What is wrong with Germany?

29 January 2015 8:30

From ‘What is Wrong With Germany?‘, The Spectator, 30 January 1915: If the inquiry is to be pushed to the ultimate point, what is wrong with the Germans is their… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Crime and punishment

28 January 2015 8:30

From ‘Reprisals’, The Spectator, 30 January 1915 THERE has been a tendency among some newspapers, and perhaps still more among private persons, to demand that the murder of non-combatants on… Continue reading

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How the Spectator congratulated a 25-year-old journalist called Winston Churchill

24 January 2015 19:59

In 1899, Churchill headed to South Africa as a journalist for the Morning Post to cover the Boer War. He was captured in an ambush of an armored train but escaped with £75… Continue reading

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‘We live as free men, speak as free men, walk as free men because a man called Winston Churchill lived’

24 January 2015 15:03

This is the Spectator’s leader from 22 January 1965. Two days later, on 24 January, Winston Churchill died: Since the first news was given of his grave illness, the attention… Continue reading

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Farmer Harry Wheeler uses a horse drawn plow to top sugar beets in Hatherop,England. Photo by Fox Photos /Hulton Archive /Getty Images

The Spectator at war: Keeping the country sweet

23 January 2015 8:30

From ‘Economic Quackery’, The Spectator, 23 January 1915: Ever since the war began there has been a tendency to rely upon the Government, instead of relying upon ourselves and upon… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: German hospitality

21 January 2015 8:30

From The Spectator, 23 January 1915: The Press Bureau has published, at the request of the Russian Embassy, a narrative of the insults, privations, and assaults suffered by Russian subjects… Continue reading

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The L2, a German naval zeppelin, during World War I.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Terror without panic

19 January 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 23 January 1915: WE have written elsewhere of the raid by German airships on Tuesday night, but may mention here the bare facts.… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: War of words

18 January 2015 8:30

From The Spectator, 16 January 1915: A VOICE FROM THE FRONT [To the editor of the “Spectator”] SIR,— You may be interested to hear that the other day—in a place… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Compulsory service

17 January 2015 8:30

From ‘Compulsory Service’, The Spectator, 16 January 1915: COMPULSORY service has not come yet, but it is drawing very near, and will certainly come unless some miracle should intervene—as, for… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: War music

15 January 2015 8:30

From ‘Music and the War’, The Spectator, 16 January 1915: The war, so far, has not thrown up any supreme musical product. It would be an affectation to pretend that… Continue reading

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Cameron’s reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attacks has been depressingly predictable

14 January 2015 15:47

Last Sunday, David Cameron marched through Paris in solidarity, so it seemed, with those who stand up for free speech. Anyone who thought he meant it must now be crying… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Senior service

14 January 2015 8:30

From ‘The Windfalls of Soldiering’, The Spectator, 16 January 1915: This war is unlike all our previous wars, in that it was known from the very beginning that a vast… Continue reading

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circa 1916:  Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924) the 28th President of the United States of America.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Commercial interference

13 January 2015 8:30

From ‘The British Reply and American Comments’, The Spectator, 16 January 1915: We have not the slightest desire to punish American commerce or any neutral commerce. Our whole object is… Continue reading

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Circa 1918:  A soldier crying out whilst receiving an injection from an RNAS nurse.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Taking cover

12 January 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 16 January 1915: Friday’s Times contains on its “leader” page an appeal to our soldiers by Sir William Osier in regard to inoculation… Continue reading

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Lord Curzon in ceremonial dress. in full ceremonial dress.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Supportive opposition

11 January 2015 8:30

From ‘Lord Curzon’s Speech’, The Spectator, 9 January 1915: We are glad to record, though in no way surprised to find, that Lord Curzon takes a very serious and very clearly… Continue reading

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Belgian refugees arrive in the Netherlands during World War I, circa 1914. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Belgian jobs for Belgian workers

10 January 2015 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 9 January 1915: A Commission, under the chairmanship of Sir Ernest Hatch, has been appointed by the Government to advise and help local… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Keep cool and be British

9 January 2015 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 9 January 1914: It is with deep regret that we record the loss of this battleship, which was sunk in the Channel by… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The German mentality

8 January 2015 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 9 January 1915: The Report of the French Commission appointed to investigate the acts committed in violation of international law by Germany appears… Continue reading

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The attack on Charlie Hebdo is an attack on freedom

7 January 2015 13:46

Here is the leading article from the new Spectator magazine, out tomorrow, which went to press as news of the attack on Charlie Hebdo broke. listen to ‘Douglas Murray discusses the attack… Continue reading

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Portrait of the German Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849 - 1930) in Naval uniform.  (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Efficiency and blundering

7 January 2015 8:30

From ‘The Threat of Grand Admiral von Tirpitz’, The Spectator, 9 January 1915: THE Manchester Guardian of Tuesday published the text of the interview with Grand Admiral von Tirpitz which appear… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A flying visit

2 January 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 2 January 1915: The first German aeroplanes which have visited us since the beginning of the war appeared on Thursday and Friday of… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Taking stock

1 January 2015 8:30

From ‘The War and the New Year‘, The Spectator, 2 January 1915: THOUGH the corning of the New Year makes, and could make, no difference at the front, it does… Continue reading

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The date when Julie Burchill really was made of money, and Richard Madeley’s unfortunately timed break-up

31 December 2014 16:56

Julie Burchill I’ve never really been on a date – I got with my first husband as a teenager, then married two further men one after the other. But in… Continue reading

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