History

In defence of cultural history

1 May 2017 8:30

Why study history? It’s a question which often gets asked, and the historian R. G. Collingwood’s answer – that history…

Books Podcast: Machiavelli’s lifelong quest for freedom

23 March 2017 10:45

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to Erica Benner about her new Life of Machiavelli, Be Like The Fox.…

In the footsteps of Marco Polo: the journey that changed William Dalrymple’s life

24 June 2015 17:23

This is the introduction to the 25th anniversary edition of William Dalrymple’s first book, In Xanadu: A Quest At the end of the…

The Queen’s achievement

30 December 2014 12:23

There will be much reason to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Although it…

Ever wondered what Joan of Arc’s breasts were like? Wonder no more

12 November 2014 12:56

Just as she arrived a bit late to the Hundred Years War – about three quarters of the way through –…

The idiot diet – nonsense vs common sense in ‘Paleo’ nutrition

4 November 2014 8:11

Looking for real power? Get a jump-start on the future of global fuel at The Spectator’s energy conference on 1 December. Tickets are still…

Liberate women…from the rotten dictatorial group-think of ‘feminism’

31 October 2014 16:33

Good on David Cameron for refusing to wear that hideous T-shirt. Feminists these days spend an awful lot of time…

Save Isis (the dog on Downton Abbey… not the terrorists in Iraq and Syria)

28 October 2014 14:53

Downton Abbey fans are on high alert that something drastic might be about to happen to the loyal labrador of…

Keep calm and address Ebola: a brief history of pandemics at The Spectator

18 October 2014 21:40

Ebola clinics in many parts of West Africa are full, so more and more people are being told to stay…

All is fair in football, war and the former Yugoslavia – even Albanian mini-drones

15 October 2014 14:16

The whole notion that sport is, like the EU, an alternative to war, took a bit of a battering at the…

Clacton to Ukip, Britain’s anti-politics were long in the making

11 October 2014 16:30

Talking to people in Clacton-on-Sea this week, there was a sense that, as much as they thought there were too many…

A lesson of Iraq in 2014: the nation-state is the future

12 August 2014 12:45

The collapse of some of the Sykes-Picot states in 2014 will spur people to ask which way the world is…

The Spectator at war: A call to arms

12 August 2014 8:00

Let us say once more what we said as emphatically as we could last week – that the first thing…

What has Hezbollah’s Secretary General been reading this summer?

8 August 2014 18:09

In Britain we seem to be obsessed by what our politicians are reading this summer. It tells us, so we…

Jean-Marie Charles-Roux, a good and holy priest

8 August 2014 8:28

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux in Rome at the age of 99.…

1914 and all that

5 August 2014 15:49

Yesterday was a chance for people to remember relatives who died in the 1914-1918 conflict, often the only record of…

4th August 1914 – my grandfather and his brother, aged 20, go to war

4 August 2014 8:00

This is the second part of Charles Moore’s notes. You can read the first part here. On Tuesday 4 August,…

‘We believe Germany made the war’

3 August 2014 10:00

The 1914 editions of The Spectator in the days surrounding the declaration of war give a sense of bewilderment. At…

How to ruin a country – the belligerent life of ‘Kaiser Bill’

3 August 2014 9:00

Wilhelm II: Into the Abyss of War and Exile, 1900–1941 John C.G. Röhl, translated by Sheila de Bellaigue and Roy Bridge…

2nd August 1914 – my grandfather prepares for war

2 August 2014 8:00

This week’s issue is dated 2 August. On that date 100 years ago, my great-grandfather, Norman Moore (always known as…

Germany’s forgotten war

1 August 2014 17:00

Britain is braced for the anniversary of the outbreak of world war one. Memorials and events are taking place across…

What about August 1714? 300 years since the Hanoverian accession

1 August 2014 15:30

The centenary of the start of the first world war is getting much more attention than the tricentenary of the…

‘Unity at home and strength abroad’. Britain prepares for WW1 by postponing Irish home rule

30 July 2014 17:57

The outbreak of war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia in July 1914 forced British politicians to postpone the Amending Bill for Irish…

In Iraq, ancient Christianity lies in ruins. But who cares?

28 July 2014 16:44

The Mar Behnam monastery outside Mosul, seized by ISIS just over a week ago, bears an inscription in the Turkic…

Michael Fallon marks century of Muslim service in British armed forces

24 July 2014 14:45

After nineteen hours without food, nor even a drop of water, the prospect of the single succulent date which breaks…