From The Archives

From the archive: the destiny of these little islands

31 December 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Engage the enemy more closely!’, The Spectator, 30 December 1916: Britain was never more vigorous than she is now:…

Infantrymen, circa 1915

The first world war’s Christian soldiers

10 December 2016 9:00 am

From a letter published under the heading ‘The religion of the ordinary soldier’, The Spectator, 23 December 1916: During a discharge…

Let food prices rise! The Spectator’s answer to shortages, 1916

3 December 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The food shortage and how to meet it’, The Spectator, 2 December 1916: A rise in prices, if properly understood…

War and votes for women

26 November 2016 9:00 am

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 25 November 1916: We admit that before the war we should have placed, and…

Why the City must let German bankers back, 1916

19 November 2016 9:00 am

From ‘English versus German banking’, The Spectator, 18 November 1916: At the present moment a good many of us are in…

Ideas for shortening the war, 1916

12 November 2016 9:00 am

From ‘How to Shorten the War. I. Prisoners’, The Spectator, 11 November 1916: Unless we altogether mistake the mental character of…

The glamour and pathos of death in war

5 November 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Romance’, The Spectator, 4 November 1916: There is indeed a glamour and a pathos about the private soldier, especially when, as so…

The Spectator on venereal diseases, 1916

29 October 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Secrecy and disease’, The Spectator, 28 October 1916: The war might have damned us, as Germany planned, but it…

George V’s greatest gift to his ministers: silence

22 October 2016 9:00 am

From ‘A Royal contribution’, The Spectator, 7 October 1916: His Majesty has passed through troublous times, in the constitutional controversy, in…

1916: ‘Containing’ the German navy would betray Nelson’s spirit

15 October 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Decisive victory at sea’, The Spectator, 7 October 1916: The only excuse for changing our views of the magnificent rightness…

The Spectator, 1916: Do Irishmen deserve to be conscripted?

8 October 2016 9:00 am

From ‘More men’, The Spectator, 7 October 1916: Are we or are we not to apply compulsory service to Ireland? The…

From the archive: the trench, serpent of mud

1 October 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The fall of Combles and Thiepval’, The Spectator, 30 September 1916: The trench — ugly, dirty, dull, untidy serpent…

Looking for hope on the Somme, 1916

24 September 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Battle of the Somme’, The Spectator, 23 September 1916: It may prove to be the fact that the battle…

The Spectator’s defence of Asquith, 1916

17 September 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Mr. Asquith’, The Spectator, 16 September, 1916: King George has no other subject who is trusted so widely by his…

The joy as the zeppelin burned

10 September 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The burning of the Zeppelin’, The Spectator, 9 September 1916: Half London formed the vast proscenium for this tragedy…

Churchill: no motive 'except that of personal advancement'

3 September 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Mr Churchill’s misfire’, The Spectator, 2 September 1916: There is nothing that democracy so much hates as unfair privilege, and Mr Churchill…

Coming to terms with trench warfare, 1916

27 August 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The bed-rock of war’, The Spectator, 26 August 1916: As a rule in war the bowling has a great advantage over…

How to name an aeroplane, 1916

20 August 2016 9:00 am

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 19 August 1916: The Parliamentary Air Committee having recently inhaled much ozone at…

The case against an early election, 1916

13 August 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Restless politicians’, The Spectator, 12 August 1916: Even those journals which a few months ago were most zealous for…

The Spectator, 1916: The trouble with trenches

6 August 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Armour of offence’, The Spectator, 5 August 1916: The soldier must never forget that it is his business to…

The new Secretary for War

30 July 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The military situation’, The Spectator, 29 July 1916: We have a new Secretary for War. Mr Lloyd George, as we all…

Over the top

23 July 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Battle of the Somme’, The Spectator, 22 July 1916: What we seldom hear about is what Milton called the ‘raw…

The Spectator’s peace terms, 1916

16 July 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Terms of peace’, The Spectator, 15 July 1916: As the man in the street might say, ‘The Allies are not…

‘A battle fraught with consequences’: The Spectator on the Somme, 1916

9 July 2016 9:00 am

From ‘News of the week’, The Spectator, 8 July 1916: On the surface of London life there is hardly a ripple,…

From the Archive: Preparing for peace

2 July 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Preparation for peace’, The Spectator, 1 July 1916: All industrial development relies in the last resort upon human energy,…