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


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.


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.

Casualties on the home front

16 July 2011 12:00 am

War correspondents aren’t like the rest of us: they can’t be.


Ghosts of the Teutonic Knights

9 July 2011 12:00 am

Do the trees of East Prussia still whisper in German when the wind blows in from the Baltic and across the featureless plain? The Russian poet Joseph Brodsky thought so when he visited in the 1960s.

Coolness under fire

25 June 2011 12:00 am

The early 19th century was the age of the dandy, and the essence of dandyism was cool self-control.

Patience v. panache

18 June 2011 12:00 am

The square jaw and steely gaze are deceptive.