Empire

Spectator books of the year: A.N. Wilson on the British Pushkin

15 November 2014 12:31

Tristram Hunt’s Ten Cities that Made an Empire (Allen Lane, £25) is a stylish history of the British empire, told through its…

The Spectator at war: The Canadians are coming

13 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 17 October 1914: To all British people here and overseas by far the most delightful news of…

Scottish independence: an exemplary or cautionary foreign policy Rorschach Test?

9 April 2014 15:35

The eyes of the world are upon us. Or so Scottish Nationalists like to say. Whae’s like us? There is…

Winston Churchill was a very human leader, says Churchill and Empire author Lawrence James

13 August 2013 11:18

More books have been written about Winston Churchill than perhaps any other figure in British history. Do we really need…

The History Kids

13 December 2012 15:28

Martin Kettle has a column in today’s Guardian lamenting the inadequacy of the teaching of English history in schools today.…

Across the literary pages: Pankaj Mishra

30 July 2012 16:12

An easy, sure-fire way of generating a bit of publicity is picking a fight with a provocative public intellectual. Rather than…

The politics of tax avoidance

20 June 2012 17:00

There is much excitement on the wires about David Cameron’s attitude to tax avoidance. The PM’s just told ITV news:…

From the archives: Defending the Falklands

2 April 2012 11:40

To mark the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands War, here’s Ferdinand Mount’s column from the time:The last…

Attacking Harry Flashman is a Fool’s Game

11 May 2011 16:27

So Ed Miliband brought up the Flashman thing at Prime Minister’s Questions today. How rum. Now I think it would…

Mau-Mauing Obama and Nodding to the Birthers

1 March 2011 23:26

As the candidate most likely to aver that the stars really are “God’s daisy chain” Mike Huckabee is already the…

What about Whig history?

9 November 2010 16:00

Simon Schama, who is advising the government on drawing up a new history section of the national curriculum, has an…

Texas Wakes Up!

4 March 2010 17:31

Sadly this is a safe Republican seat so Ms Rogers won’t be going to Washington any time soon. Still –…

The American Way of Empire

30 November 2009 18:29

Actually, the existence of any such imperial ambitions is generally denied, even though the US has been an expansionist power…

Yes, Mary Seacole was Black. So what?

2 October 2009 3:29

I confess that until recently I had never heard of Mary Seacole. But, like Boris Johnson, who found himself in…

The Washington Delusion

24 June 2009 16:55

In one sense, of course, John McCain is correct to say: “The president saying that we didn’t want to be…

Imperialists for Obama!

25 October 2008 16:02

Via Clive Davis, I see that Niall Feguson has abandoned John McCain. In a Guardian interview he says: He denies…

Apart from lasting 400 years and dominating the known world, the Roman Empire was obviously a failure, right?

5 August 2008 15:53

Apparently in 2002 the Pentagon commissioned a study (which I’ve not read yet) of imperial power entitled the “Military Advantage…

The Dubya Has Landed

15 June 2008 17:10

Via Jim Manzi, it seems that thousands and thousands of people are being inconvenienced by George W Bush’s arrival at…

Sarko’s NATO Problem

7 April 2008 21:05

Here’s The Economist reporting developments in France: THE Gaullist backlash against Nicolas Sarkozy’s new Atlanticism has begun in earnest, and…