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The Spectator at war: Germany’s moral code

2 August 2015 8:30

From ‘Germania Contra Mundum‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: It may be said that, in the domain of international relations, the triumph of the German arms would substitute the perpetuation… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: That touch of mink

1 August 2015 8:30

From ‘Sim-sam the Mink‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: Sim-sam’s bath was the spectacle that revealed him at his very best. Watching him glide and twist and loop the loop… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Debating compulsory service

31 July 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: The debate on compulsory service in the Commons on Wednesday night was remarkable for the speeches in its support made… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Time for change

30 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The Problem of Public Assistance’, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: In one respect big reforms are actually easier in times of national emergency than in times of peace, for… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The new standard

29 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The New Standard‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: Where food and service are concerned we believe there are a fair number of people who will be glad of some… Continue reading

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Two German submarines, the U35 and U42, surface off the Mediterranean coast.   (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: American friendship

28 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The American Note to Germany‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: German submarine methods cannot possibly continue on their past lines without sooner or later sacrificing another American life. The… Continue reading

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Russian infantry on parade, Russia, 1914. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The struggle in Russia

27 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The Struggle in Russia‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: We must not write more than a few lines, but we cannot do less, in admiration of the Russian endurance,… Continue reading

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In defence of Boris Johnson’s water cannon

26 July 2015 10:21

The spat between Boris Johnson and Theresa May over the acquisition of three second hand ones from the German police has the air of a dormitory water pistol fight that… Continue reading

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circa 1915:  A British coal miner at work.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Coal and its problems

26 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Coal and its Problems‘, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: The high price of domestic coal, though undoubtedly an immediate injury to the country, will prove an ultimate benefit. Politicians… Continue reading

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circa 1895:  Evelyn Baring Cromer (1841 - 1917) the colonial administrator.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Germania contra mundum

25 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Germania contra mundum’, by Lord Cromer, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: What, therefore, are we and our Allies fighting for? Without attempting to deal fully with the considerations which… Continue reading

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circa 1915:  American preacher, lawyer and populist politician William Jennings Bryan, (1860 - 1925), who, as a pacifist, resigned office over the second Lusitania note to Germany.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The ugliness of pacifism

24 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The Pacificist Vision’, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: It must not be supposed that the majority of Americans are pacificists, but there are enough pacificists to force a strong… Continue reading

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12th August 1916:  The 5th Battalion of the Essex Volunteers collecting spades for a trench digging exercise.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Armour and shields

23 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Armour and Shields’, The Spectator, 17 July 1915: A bone, a book, a cigarette-case, even a five-franc piece in the pocket, will often save a man from death by… Continue reading

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Women making vulcanite rubber boots at the Kensington War Hospital supply depot.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Women and the war

22 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Women and the War‘, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: It is not too much to say that without the help and inspiration of the women we could not win… Continue reading

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circa 1914:  Russian soldiers standing on trenches dug between Lody and Warsaw in WW I.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The struggle in the East

21 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The Struggle in the East‘, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: Even if the Germans take Warsaw and practically the whole of the Polish salient, and are not too badly… Continue reading

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Two German submarines, the U35 and U42, surface off the Mediterranean coast.   (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: America’s moral strength

20 July 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: The United States Government have received from Germany an admission that the American vessel ‘Nebraskan’ was sunk by a German… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Magnanimity in stone

19 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The Magnanimity of Italy’, The Spectator, 18 July 1915: The Italian always aspires not only to do great things, but to do them in the great way, whether it… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Money matters

18 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Phantom Gold’, The Spectator, 17 July 1915: There is something about the sight of golden coins which excites the imagination. Was it for economic nations alone that the world… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A voice from the ranks

17 July 2015 8:30

From ‘A Voice from the Ranks’, The Spectator, 17 July 1915: [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sir,—Having served in the ranks since August, allow me to say a word… Continue reading

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circa 1916:  English soldier Robert Stephenson Smyth, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, inspects a parade of Wolf Cubs during World War I.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Scout’s honour

16 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Education and Honour’, The Spectator, 17 July 1915: Under a voluntary system—which indeed takes off the lid, as General Baden-Powell would say—service rendered to the country depends entirely upon… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Match point

15 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Possibilities of Taxation’, The Spectator, 17 July 1915: Since the day when Bob Lowe attempted to impose a tax on matches the cost of production has been immensely reduced… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Catching the train

14 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Catching the Train’, The Spectator, 17 July 1915: ENGLISHMEN have many exasperating habits, but perhaps the most exasperating of all is that of running a train so fine that… Continue reading

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Over the top -- British soldiers in the trenches. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: The matter of attrition

13 July 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 17 July 1915: ON the western side trench warfare continues on the familiar lines of attack and counter-attack. On the whole, however, we… Continue reading

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Italian infantry on the march at the time of Italy's offensive against Austria-Hungary, its first engagement of World War I, 1915. Original publication: The Illustrated War News, pub. 26th May 1915 (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: A pilgrim in wartime

12 July 2015 8:30

From ‘A Pilgrim in Wartime’, The Spectator, 10 July 1915: WITH a heavy bundle on her head, and gathered skirts which swung as she walked, I mistook her for a… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Commons courtesy

11 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Parliament and Registration‘, The Spectator, 10 July 1915: The modern rigidity of the party system has enabled Ministers, once they have attained to power, to despise the House of… Continue reading

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Over the top -- British soldiers in the trenches. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: Thought for food

11 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The Grand Victualler to the Nation’, The Spectator, 10 July 1915: As important as the supply of munitions is the supply of food. One, indeed, is useless without the… Continue reading

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