Books
30 April 2001
Hume long ago pointed out that not even the most absolute ruler has total power - even Nero relied on his praetorians,...
Books
26 February 2001
If Gladstone was the epitome of the Victorian age, then Horatio Herbert Kitchener, the first earl of that ilk, was the...
Food and Drink
18 December 2000
The story of the Vatican's suppression of the Albigensian heresy is one of the darkest pages in the history of the...
Books
10 July 2000
The myth of Henry the Navigator (1394-1460) can be stated briefly. He was a Portuguese prince (the third son of King...
Culture
22 May 2000
Telling the story of Latin American independence through biography is a good idea and a necessary corrective to the...
Books
20 March 2000
A brief checklist supports the authors' point that disease is a crucial determinant in history. Think first of the many...
Books
28 February 2000
Graham Greene was a remarkably economical and unprolix writer. So what is it about him that inspires students and...
Books
17 January 2000
The Gurkhas were the British Empire's killer elite. The diminutive warriors from the Nepal hill country have a...
Culture
10 January 2000
In 1901 some British army officers arrogantly pursued a fox that had taken refuge in the garden of the poet and...
Politics
20 December 1999
1 Apart from Stamford Bridge and Hastings, which was the third battle fought on English soil in 1066?a) Maldon b)...
Books
22 November 1999
The Crimean war was the only European conflict in which British armies engaged between 1815 and 1914. Its apparent...
Books
25 October 1999
After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 Britain was given control of Palestine as a mandated territory by the...
Ideas
20 September 1999
Recently I was discussing with a friend the events of 1978, "the year of the three popes". I happened to mention...
Culture
28 June 1999
After Bertrand Russell, A J Ayer was the best-known British philosopher of the 20th century. He was one of those...
Culture
19 April 1999
This is the text of a series of lectures given by the late Sir Isaiah Berlin in Washington in 1965, and published as...

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