From The Archives

1916: Sorry, President Wilson, but this is not a gentlemanly war

4 June 2016 9:00 am

From ‘President Wilson and the Lessons of History’, 2 June 1916: Emphatically it is not a war of what we…

The Spectator, 1916: To win the war, lose the dogs

28 May 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Food dictatorship’, The Spectator, 27 May 1916: Nobody would like to see the whole race of dogs exterminated, but…

The first world war comes home to a Kensington bus

21 May 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The softening of street manners’, The Spectator, 20 May 1916: Generally the public opinion of the ’bus entirely upholds…

The untrustworthy Winston Churchill, 1916

14 May 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Colonel Winston Churchill’, The Spectator, 13 May 1916: The return of Colonel Churchill to the House of Commons, which we are…

The Spectator’s advice on keeping Ireland quiet in 1916

7 May 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Reconstruction’, The Spectator, 5 May 1916: What Ireland wants just now is firm and judicious military government. The rebellion of last…

The Easter rising

30 April 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Dublin Revolt’, The Spectator, 29 April 1916: If we are to do what will most disappoint the Germans, and that…

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From the archives: why every fit man must volunteeer

23 April 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Volunteer Training Corps’, The Spectator, 8 April 1916: If we were the Government, we would state plainly that in the…

From the archive: A day in the trenches

16 April 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Observing: an average day’, The Spectator, 15 April 1916: 5.10 a.m. The signaller on duty at the telephone has just said…

Zeppelin raids

9 April 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Per Mare, Per Terras, Per Coelum’, The Spectator, 8 April 1916: The very worst the Germans can do in the way…

The road to remembrance

2 April 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The “Via Sacra”’, The Spectator, 1 April 1916: When the war is over, France, Belgium, and Britain will be faced with…

Flying start

26 March 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Common-sense and the command of the air’, The Spectator, 25 March 1916: The Air Service will be the great fighting…

Portugal’s choice

19 March 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Portugal and the war’, The Spectator, 18 March 1916: Portugal in coming into the war may seem to have taken…

Against Churchill

12 March 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Colonel Churchill’, The Spectator, 11 March 1916: Colonel Churchill is being found out. The charm, once universal, no longer…

The last of Henry James

5 March 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Henry James’, The Spectator, 4 March 1916: Englishmen are not likely ever to forget the generous thought which inspired…

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What we’re fighting for

27 February 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Justice and Security’, The Spectator, 26 February 1916: If the conditions upon which we are willing to make peace…

Equality in the trenches

20 February 2016 9:00 am

From ‘War the leveller’, The Spectator, 12 February 1916: Strange as it may appear to the pacificist, war has levelled up,…

France in ruins

13 February 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Marching through France’, The Spectator, 12 February 1916: Finally we came to the trenches themselves, and all around was…

What to do about Syria – the view from 1916

6 February 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The future of Syria’, The Spectator, 5 February 1916: We say with all the emphasis at our command, and…

Disciplined brutality

30 January 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Crimes of Germany’, The Spectator, 29 January 1916: It would be a relief, a partial solution, if only…

Archive: Motoring as a hobby should be discouraged

23 January 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Conscription of Wealth’, The Spectator, 22 January 1916: At recent race meetings streams of motor-cars have proceeded from…

From the archive: On compelling shirkers to do their duty

16 January 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Position of the Government’, The Spectator, 15 January 1916: Any man who knew the nature of Englishmen, or…

Church service

9 January 2016 9:00 am

From ‘A Mobilisation of the Church’, The Spectator, 8 January 1916: Suppose the Church were mobilised so that the majority of…

‘Thinking Germans must be depressed indeed’: The Spectator’s predictions for 2016

2 January 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Military Situation’, The Spectator, 1 January 1916: The opening of a new year is a time for taking stock…

Communion in the trenches

12 December 2015 9:00 am

From ‘The Sacrament’, The Spectator, 25 December 1915: We were fairly fagged out, all of us, after a heavy day…

Let unions pay MPs

5 December 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Payment of members’, The Spectator, 4 December 1915: If the country could be polled at the present time, there is…