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Trying to placate the Nazi leader was like “scratching a crocodile’s head in the hope of making it purr”.
Christopher Clark’s new book explores how Germany’s leaders learnt to bend the past to suit the present. Today’s politics shows that the habit dies hard.
The events behind the short-lived writers’ revolution in Germany in 1918.
Fake news, disinformation, propaganda – call it what you will – the dissemination of untruths and half-truths is part of the job of a wartime leader.
The women of Rome’s imperial family matched the men for ruthlessness, but their reward was ingratitude rather than power.
The remarkable story of how John Law transformed the French economy after establishing a national bank.
Daniel Kalder investigates why dictators have aspired to be, as Stalin put it, “engineers of souls”, and – in pursuit of that object – have written some very long and very tedious books.
To read The Wife’s Tale is not just to hear about times past and far away, but to be transported into them
Angus McLaren explores a seedy tale from 1930s London.
In Hilary Spurling's biography, as in his life, Powell is seldom centre stage.