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The Spectator at war: Military execution and the act of ‘Germanism’

2 September 2014 8:30

The Giving up of Louvain to ‘Military Execution’, from The Spectator, 5 September 1914: GERMANY has dealt herself the hardest blow which she has yet suffered in the war. By… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: push on to Paris?

1 September 2014 8:30

The Spectator, 5 September 1914: SEDAN Day has passed, but there has been no second Sedan, as the Germans so fondly hoped. Indeed, as far as one can yet learn,… Continue reading

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The Hamburg-America liner Vaterland leaving Southampton on her maiden voyage from Cuxhaven in Germany to New York in May 1914 (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The United States and the war

30 August 2014 8:30

The Spectator, 29 August 1914 IT is most gratifying to Englishmen who value American sympathy to know that public opinion in the United States is wholly with them in the… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Left behind

29 August 2014 8:30

The Spectator, 29 August 1914: THE loafers in London look more pitiable than ever. The best have enlisted, and the rest are drinking to their good fortune and safe return.… Continue reading

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Podcast: Britain’s ambulance crisis, Cameron’s European way and the cultural generation gap

28 August 2014 10:00

999, what’s your emergency? This time, it’s one right at the heart of the ambulance service, as Mary Wakefield reveals in this week’s Spectator. Paramedics are fleeing and needless calls… Continue reading

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Re-enactors of the Cavalry Division of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914. Image: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The Spectator at war: The first battle

28 August 2014 8:30

‘News of the Week’ in The Spectator, 29 August 1914: THERE is cause for manly anxiety, there is cause for stern determination; above all, there is cause for unflagging energy… Continue reading

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Rotherham’s child abuse was ignored in order to protect careers and retirements

27 August 2014 16:32

This is an extract from this week’s Spectator, available tomorrow. Subscribe from just £12 for 12 issues here.  If Rotherham council were a family, its children would have been removed by… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The work of a Sheriff in wartime

27 August 2014 8:30

The Spectator, 29 August 1914. A SHERIFF may be compared to the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, which faded away till nothing but its smile remained. The ancient office… Continue reading

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29th August 1914:  Recruits swearing in to join the Royal Fusiliers at the Tower of London, at the start of WW1.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The inalienable right to enlist

26 August 2014 8:30

The Spectator, 29 August 1914: “WE need all the recruits we can get,” said the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, and he said no more than every thinking… Continue reading

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View from 22 podcast special: Scottish independence debate round two

26 August 2014 0:24

In this View from 22 podcast special, Alex Massie, Isabel Hardman and Fraser Nelson analyse this evening’s going on in Glasgow, as Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling took part in the second round of… Continue reading

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Salmond vs Darling: round two – live

25 August 2014 20:22

Welcome to tonight’s liveblog of the BBC debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow. 00:05 In this View from 22 podcast special, Isabel Hardman, Alex… 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 we are fighting for

25 August 2014 8:30

The Spectator, 29 August 1914: NO decent or self-respecting person will ever indulge in a word of recrimination even against those men who supported Germany and German aspirations till the… Continue reading

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8th April 1914:  Members of the Crowhurst Otter Hounds climb over a gate during a hunt in Edenbridge, Kent.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Maintaining the machinery of sport

24 August 2014 8:00

The Spectator, 22 August 1914: WHEN so great a business as war comes upon England, the sports and games of the country fall into their proper places. Cricket has been… Continue reading

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The Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Bavaria, shortly before its official opening in 1876. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Spectator at war: Bayreuth on the eve of war

23 August 2014 8:00

The Spectator, 22 August 1914: Inter arma silent Musae; but Bayreuth on the eve of the war showed very few signs of the coming cataclysm. It is true that on… Continue reading

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German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg (1856 - 1921) and Count Lerchenfeld of Bavaria.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The scrap of paper that was worth a war

22 August 2014 8:00

From The Spectator, 22 August 1914: THE Times of Wednesday published a piece of news in regard to the final interview between Sir Edward Goschen, our Ambassador at Berlin, and… Continue reading

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Podcast: Britain’s jihad, the Pope vs the Vatican, and the existence of ‘The One’

21 August 2014 9:46

The murder of James Foley by an Isis fighter ‘with a London accent’ has been treated with understandable revulsion. But we shouldn’t be surprised, says Douglas Murray in his cover… Continue reading

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Pope Pius X on his throne in 1910 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

The Spectator at war: The death of Pope Pius X

21 August 2014 8:00

From The Spectator, 22 August 1914: Pope Pius X. died at twenty minutes past one on Thursday morning. In a moment of lucidity, just before his death, his Holiness is… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Commercial possibilities

20 August 2014 8:00

From The Spectator, 22 August 1914: IT is gratifying to find that the public is rapidly waking up to the fact that other prospects than those of universal unemployment arise… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: How to keep husbands sweet

19 August 2014 8:00

From The Spectator, 22 August 1914: SIR,—The article on this subject in your last issue has prompted me to write down some of the things said to me about the… Continue reading

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Video: Does Cameron have an Iraq policy? Or is he just making it up?

18 August 2014 15:43

The Prime Minister has returned from his holidays, and yesterday wrote an intriguing piece in the Sunday Telegraph about the ongoing struggles in Iraq and Syria. ‘True security will only be… Continue reading

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Field Marshal, Lord Kitchener (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

The Spectator at war: Lord Kitchener’s campaign

18 August 2014 8:00

The Spectator, 22 August 1914: Recruiting for Lord Kitchener’s first hundred thousand men appears to have brought in seventy thousand. That is good, though, we confess, not so rapid as… Continue reading

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A group of suffragette women demonstrating in 1914 with placards in English, French and German (Photo: Topical Press Agency/Getty)

The Spectator at war: Talk of the village

17 August 2014 8:00

‘War and the village wives’, from The Spectator, 15 August 1914: The men and women of the village are talking unceasingly about the war. The whole aspect of the place… Continue reading

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Field Marshal Alfred von Schlieffen in 1905 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

The Spectator at war: The German military mind

16 August 2014 8:00

From ‘The German military mind’, The Spectator, 15 August 1914: All Englishmen are now agreed that Germany made the war, and that the moving force within the German nation was… Continue reading

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Are ministers better off today?

15 August 2014 13:14

From the Barometer in this week’s Spectator. Home Office minister Mark Simmonds resigned this week, complaining he couldn’t afford to live in London on his junior minister’s salary of £89,435.… Continue reading

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Wounded soldiers in London read the the news from the front in 1914 (Photo: Topical Press Agency/Getty)

The Spectator at war: A well-behaved press

15 August 2014 8:00

‘War and the press’, from The Spectator, 15 August 1914: When Mr Churchill paid a high compliment in the House of Commons to the British newspapers he said no more… Continue reading

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