History

JFK: The Nastiest President of the Twentieth Century?

9 February 2012 11:21

Who was the most reprehensible US President in the twentieth century? That’s a tough question, though not one related to…

From the archives: The Christmas truce

24 December 2011 15:49

Christmas is but a day away, and with it a chance to remember when British and German troops clambered out…

The significance of the Iron Lady

3 December 2011 11:31

Charles Moore’s essay on the Iron Lady in today’s Telegraph is required reading. Here’s how he starts: ‘The best way…

1707 And All That

1 December 2011 15:22

In the midst of a futile* call for partisans on either side of Scotland’s great constitutional debate to avoid twisting…

The spectre of populism

13 November 2011 10:21

Across Europe, the bien pensant are worried. They fear that the Eurocrisis could lead to the rise of populism —…

From the archives: A world at peace

11 November 2011 21:35

To mark last year’s Armistice Day, we republished The Spectator’s editorial reponse to the end of the first world war.…

At the going down of the sun

11 November 2011 11:00

Vernon Scannell, a poet who fought in North Africa in the Second World War, observed in his poem ‘The Great…

The building of our history

31 October 2011 16:24

Athens, for all its current woes, still has the Parthenon. Rome has the Colosseum, Paris the Louvre, Berlin the Reichstag,…

9.9.1513

9 September 2011 11:25

The original and gravest episode of Disaster for Scotland. Today’s the 498th anniversary of Flodden. A bleak day for Scotland;…

From the archives: “The bugger’s bugle”

2 September 2011 18:52

Today marks 50 years since the release of Victim, a ground-breaking film about homosexuality that was granted an X-certificate. Writing…

Our Revolting Youth (Have Always Been With Us)

17 August 2011 0:13

The problem with the Prime Minister’s “Broken Society” meme is that it’s not obvious society is more broken now than…

The Myth of American Isolationism

3 August 2011 17:41

I like the Economist’s Democracy in America blog very much and I like my friend Erica Grieder too. But her…

Summer reading

21 July 2011 12:36

It’s a tradition of the British summer. A Tory MP produces a summer reading list of weighty and worthy tomes…

Refighting the War of 1812

16 July 2011 11:44

I’ve been guest-blogging at Andrew Sullivan’s place this week where, somewhat to my surprise, I ended up refighting the War…

Stand up for freedom and freedom will stand up for you (eventually)

4 July 2011 10:32

It was hard to be a supporter of U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Western Europe. As a student living in…

From the archives: how The Spectator beat the strikes

1 July 2011 18:07

A change from the usual for this week’s excavation into The Spectator archives — which is to say, we won’t…

All American Politics is Yokel?

30 June 2011 1:23

You shouldn’t really go wrong asking Christopher Hitchens to write about Michelle Bachmann. Nevertheless this part of his most recent…

Auld Selkirk: She’s Ancient But She’s Braw

17 June 2011 2:10

How do you measure a place? A community? A spirit? It is a media-driven cliche that all communities, especially when…

Abraham Lincoln: Tyrant! Unionist!

16 June 2011 1:08

Hendrik Hertzberg has some fun with Rick Perry’s occasional suggestions* that Texas could secede from the United States of America.…

The Lucifer Effect

2 June 2011 11:51

Today’s papers are full of comment on the brilliant Panorama exposé of care home abuse. But none have mentioned what…

Alan Greenspan doesn’t exist

23 May 2011 18:08

Five years have passed since Alan Greenspan stepped down from the most influential banking job in the world. (Now that’s…

The Queen’s Speech

18 May 2011 21:57

At the state dinner at Dublin Castle this evening is rather good. As you would expect from HMQ it says…

This Scotland Subordinate? Only to a Crying Fool.

18 May 2011 15:30

Much of Alex Salmond’s speech on the occasion of his re-election as First Minister was entirely unobjectionable and some of…

This Social Union, This Commonwealth

18 May 2011 1:03

On reflection, perhaps I’ve been a little too quick to discount the historical significance of the Queen’s visit to Ireland…

When Dublin trembled

17 May 2011 18:00

On 17 May 1974 — 37 years ago today — I was a 19-year-old student at Trinity College Dublin, celebrating…