War

Soldier, poet and author Siegfried Sassoon (1886 - 1967 Photo: Getty

Standing firm is the price of civilisation. Are we still ready to pay it?

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Reading Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, as I have recently, you cannot help but be struck by what a perfectly…

Rochester’s special qualities, and the price of Ebola.com

1 November 2014 9:00 am

What’s special about Rochester What is special about Rochester and Strood? — Rochester has the second oldest cathedral and school…

Spectator letters: St Augustine and Louise Mensch, war votes and flannel

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Faith and flexibility Sir: What a contrast in your two articles on religion last week: one liberal atheist parent (Claire…

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Must MPs always vote before we go to war?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Jesse Norman was permitted three minutes for his speech to the Commons in last Friday’s debate. But the contribution from…

oil-war

The wars that really are about the oil

30 August 2014 9:00 am

You can’t understand any of the world’s crises without understanding petropolitics

The spokesman of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam, "Abu Ubaida," in

No, I haven’t seen that beheading video. And it’s not right to share it

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s time to stand up against the self-righteous sharing of videos of beheading and other gruesome violence

PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL-PRISONERS DAY

I like the look of this exciting new Islamic State. But why don’t they want Belgium?

5 July 2014 9:00 am

There is something attractive about almost the whole of southern Europe being part of an immense and somewhat rigorous caliphate,…

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace Photo: AFP/Getty

The Spectator's notes: Diana's bed, Boris's dirty trick and Prince Philip's mystery tie

21 June 2014 8:00 am

On Friday night, I went to Althorp, childhood home of Diana, Princess of Wales, to speak at its literary festival.…

Do wars always start in years ending ‘14’?

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Years of war Imaginative souls have tried to compared the situation in Ukraine with that which preceded the first world…

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Soldiers aren't social workers, Mr Cameron. Remember that before taking on hopeless wars

16 November 2013 9:00 am

The ghost people, the letter people. The ones we hear about in court but never call by their real name;…

Letters: James Whitaker’s widow answers Toby Young

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Absent friends Sir: Alec Marsh (‘Welcome to Big Venice’, 10 August) accurately observes that Londoners are priced out of central…

SYRIA-CONFLICT

Radio review: Damascus Diary: destruction of a city

29 June 2013 9:00 am

We’ve heard it all before — the misery that war wreaks on everyday lives — but Lina Sinjab’s audio diary…

Tensions Rise Along the Israeli/ Syria Border

Why can’t we be honest about Syria?

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Wouldn’t it be nice just once in a while to have a war in the -Middle East that wasn’t predicated…

Margaret H. Thatcher

The Falklands victory

13 April 2013 9:00 am

19 June 1982: Defeating General Galtieri made Conservatism respectable again

Some legends flourish …

26 May 2012 4:00 pm

Confronted by the dead Athenian heroes of the Peloponnesian War, Pericles gave voice in his funeral oration to an idea…

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Not quite cricket

7 April 2012 10:00 am

To the French, Albion’s expertise in perfidy will come as no surprise. But centuries of warfare have given them time…

Pawns in the game

31 March 2012 10:00 am

The authors of this book have attempted a difficult thing: to ‘write about something that could never be known’. Here…

Ways of making men talk

24 March 2012 12:15 pm

Eric Rosenbach is a former academic who is now deputy assistant secretary of defence in Washington. Aki Peritz used to…

The view from the top

3 March 2012 10:00 am

Halfway through this book, the veil lifted, and I thought: ‘I see! I see what he’s trying to do!’ Pickering…

Triumph of the redcoats

4 February 2012 10:00 am

Given the choice between philosophising in the company of Socrates or fighting in the army of the soldier-monarch Charles XII…

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Stronger than fiction

21 January 2012 10:00 am

I think it was a Frenchman — it usually is — who observed that the English love their animals more…

Ugly old Europe

31 December 2011 10:00 am

There are moments and places in history that one would have paid good money to avoid, and wartime Lisbon was…

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On His Majesty’s Silent Service

3 September 2011 12:00 am

Of all the Allied fighting service branches in which you wouldn’t have wanted to spend the second world war, probably the grimmest was submarines.

All in a night’s work

27 August 2011 10:00 am

This inter-war story of an Anglo-Irish family in crisis opens with a bang. Caroline Adair, recovering from measles at Butler’s Hill, her aunt and uncle’s lovely house in the South-west, wakes in the night to find  Sinn Feiners surrounding the place.

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What was it like at the time?

30 July 2011 12:00 am

At midday on Thursday, 8 June 1933 — Erik Larson is very keen on his times — the newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a call put through to the history department at the University of Chicago.