10 May 2004
Non-violence was much in vogue in my youth, in reaction to the official strategy of nuclear deterrence, but the...
23 February 2004
Aerial bombing to destroy cities was the most notable development in warfare in the 20th century, and its legacy lives...
Larger than life. Fidel Castro is a liberal utopian of the 19th century rather than a 20th-century totalitarian. He has moved with the times and, thanks to him, Cuba has been spared the neo-liberal chaos that engulfed the former Soviet bloc
09 February 2004
Half a dozen former British ambassadors to Havana assembled at a London University seminar re- cently to discuss their...
24 November 2003
Flying back from South America, I sat beside a Scotsman importing coal from Colombia to Aberdeen. His job had been to...
The fatal legacy. Most books and television programmes about Hitler reflect a taste for pornography, not a thirst for knowledge. What we really need is a history written with an appreciation of today's Germany rather than a jaundiced recollection of its p
10 November 2003
How much do we now need to know about the Third Reich, and just what is it about that distant era that we should seek...
Legacy of terror. The 11 September 2003 marked 30 years since Pinochet's coup. Far from representing "the corruption of American values", the US involvement in Chile is typical of its foreign policy, especially in Latin America, writes Richard Gott
15 September 2003
Thirty years ago, I flew into Santiago at dawn, just a few days after the coup that overthrew Salvador Allende on 11...
24 February 2003
Leadership was the subject of a radio discussion on a recent edition of Andrew Marr's Start the Week, and a very...
27 January 2003
I expected to dislike this book. It is, after all, the book of a TV film, in which the youthful historian prances in...
20 January 2003
Collectors are a pretty rum lot at the best of times, and those with no scheme or plan can often end up with a load of...
The tyrant with a mobile phone. Saddam Hussein and his regime are better compared with Sicily's Corleone family than with Hitler and the Nazis. Take away the hostile rhetoric, and he is simply a typical tribal chief from Mesopotamia who happens to be at h
09 December 2002
When I visited Baghdad six months ago, there was little to be found about Iraq on the shelves of bookshops back home in...
14 October 2002
When I worked on the foreign desk of the Guardian years ago, there was a special category of news that we foreign...
Living through an age of extremes. "Faced with the alternative of socialism or barbarism, the world may yet regret that it decided against socialism." Richard Gott enjoys a sturdy defence of the Enlightenment
23 September 2002
Eric Hobsbawm is the closest we have in Britain to a public intellectual, to compare with Noam Chomsky, Edward Said or...
26 August 2002
So much time has been spent in recent years on arguing about art and business, that it is easy to forget an earlier...
22 July 2002
Behind the debate about anti- Americanism that has featured so prominently in the British media since 11 September (and...
24 June 2002
The great city of Caracas spreads over innumerable mountainous hills, and in the rainy season the peaks poke up through...