From The Archives

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…

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Capitalism for all

28 November 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Public loans and private savings’, The Spectator, 27 November 1915: In the nature of things there is no reason for…

The French way of war

21 November 2015 9:00 am

From ‘The Example of France’, The Spectator, 20 November 1915: France is an example to the world and to posterity…

From the archives: the liberty of the battlefield

14 November 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Soldiers for the land’, The Spectator, 13 November 1915: It is certain that, when the war is over, tens of…

When George V fell on the Western Front

7 November 2015 9:00 am

From ‘News of the week’, The Spectator, 6 November 1915: We greatly regret to record a serious accident to the King.…

From the archives: W.G. Grace’s legacy on the Western Front

29 October 2015 9:00 am

From ‘W.G.’, The Spectator, 30 October 1915: The late Dr. W.G. Grace had become in his lifetime a legend, and he is…

Revenge and Edith Cavell

24 October 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Reprisals’, The Spectator, 23 October 1915: The Germans lately executed Miss Cavell, a good and brave English hospital nurse, on a…

Our debt to Serbia

17 October 2015 8:00 am

From ‘Boldness, Boldness and Again Boldness’, The Spectator, 16 October 1915: There are considerations of faith and honour which must in any…

Bulgarian tragedy

10 October 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Bulgaria and Greece’, The Spectator, 9 October 1915: The fact that the British people will in all probability soon be…

Slow march to victory

3 October 2015 8:00 am

From ‘The western victories’, The Spectator, 2 October 1915: As this is a war of heavy artillery, masses of slow-moving guns…

Conscription and democracy

26 September 2015 8:00 am

From ‘The will of the majority’, The Spectator, 18 September 1915: The minority may declare, as have some of the trade…

Time to tax

19 September 2015 8:00 am

From ‘The coming budget’, The Spectator, 18 September 1915: At present the large majority of householders and electors pay no direct…

A Russian revolution

12 September 2015 9:00 am

From ‘The situation in Russia’, The Spectator, 11 September 1915: A new Russia has been arising within the old while the war has…

Muscular economics

5 September 2015 9:00 am

From ‘War bonuses’, The Spectator, 4 September 1915: War means a demand for human muscle… At the moment the brain-worker is…

Discovering Europe

29 August 2015 9:00 am

From ‘A Converted Peace-Man’, The Spectator, 28 August 1915: We have brought the present war upon ourselves in a great measure…

Field studies

22 August 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Education and the War’, The Spectator, 21 August 1915: War is a time in which a shortage of labourers can…

Boy soldiers

15 August 2015 9:00 am

From ‘What will they do with it?’, The Spectator, 14 August 1915: It is true that in a good many cases…

British soldiers having wounds treated in an underground dressing station by the Menin Road in France. (Photo by Frank Hurley/Three Lions/Getty Images)

One year on

8 August 2015 9:00 am

From ‘The End of the First Year’, The Spectator, 7 August 1915: Terrible as have been the sufferings caused by the…

Out of service

1 August 2015 9:00 am

From ‘The new standard’, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: If a change must be made at all, it is worthwhile to…

Profiteering in the pits

25 July 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Coal and its problems’, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: Instead of attempting to regulate prices, the government ought to have…

Answering the call of duty

18 July 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Education and Honour’, The Spectator, 17 July 1915: The young man who has been to a Public School or…

Heroism at Gallipoli

11 July 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Sir Ian Hamilton’s dispatch’, The Spectator, 3 July 1915: The Dardanelles affair is a war in itself — much more…