From The Archives

Secret weapons

4 July 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Bogy-Mongering’, The Spectator, 3 July 1915: Of late there have been all sorts of dark hints and rumours as to…

The Russians are coming

27 June 2015 9:00 am

From ‘The Inexpugnability of Russia’, The Spectator, 26 June 1915: At this moment, after nearly a year’s fighting, Russia is only…

Birdsong

20 June 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Literature and Soldiers’, The Spectator, 19 June 1915: In this war some of the most moving poetry has been written…

Against profiteering

13 June 2015 9:00 am

From ‘The Essential Need’, The Spectator, 12 June 1915: Just as wages must be ‘stabilised’ for the men at existing rates,…

National mood

6 June 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Depression and its Causes’, The Spectator, 6 June 1915: The British nation have still great possessions in the way of…

A new coalition

30 May 2015 9:00 am

From ‘The National Government’, The Spectator, 29 May 1915: We do not suppose that the war, or the need for patriotic effort,…

National Government, 22 May 1915

23 May 2015 9:00 am

From ‘A National Government’, Spectator, 22 May 1915: When we wrote last week there seemed little possibility that our hopes…

A war crime – and a president’s dilemma

16 May 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Germany and the United States’, The Spectator, 15 May 1915: The text of President Wilson’s Note to Germany on the…

Chemical weapons

9 May 2015 9:00 am

From ‘War by Poison’, The Spectator, 8 May 1915: By the consent of all men who are not savages, the use…

An empire for Islam

2 May 2015 9:00 am

From ‘The Khalifate’, The Spectator, 1 May 1915: It seems that the Ottoman Empire is likely to crumble away, and in that…

Florence weeps

25 April 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Soldiers of Italy’, The Spectator, 24 April 1915: It is winter in Florence. The sun shines, but snow lies low on Monte…

Am I still an Englishman?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Some reflections of an alien enemy: the contradiction between being and feeling an Englishman, by a Czech’, The Spectator, 17…

Before Dad’s Army

11 April 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Our Home Guards’, The Spectator, 10 April 1915: There is nothing of the national picnic; or of playing at soldiers…

Sober into battle

4 April 2015 9:00 am

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 3 April 1915: The chief obstacle to prohibition, as we point out elsewhere, is…

Better off out

28 March 2015 9:00 am

From ‘President Wilson’s Mistake’, The Spectator, 27 March 1915: The Americans have a world of their own in which to take…

What the censors miss

21 March 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Unofficial News’, The Spectator, 13 March 1915: The exclusion of war correspondents from the firing line has greatly reduced the…

Officers’ off hours

14 March 2015 9:00 am

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 13 March 1915: We are glad to note that officers in uniform have been…

Too short for the trenches?

7 March 2015 9:00 am

From ‘The “Willing” Badge’, The Spectator, 6 March 1915: A final ground for giving badges to those who have offered themselves…

From the archives

28 February 2015 9:00 am

From The Spectator, 27 February 1915: Observers of birds have been much interested by the evidence, which seems to be fairly…

From the archives

21 February 2015 9:00 am

From ‘The psychology of drill’, The Spectator, 20 February 1915:One is tempted to divide all men under drill into two…

From the archives

14 February 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Prohibition in Scotland during the War’, The Spectator, 13 February 1915: At present the economic waste caused by drunkenness…

From the archives

7 February 2015 9:00 am

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 6 February 1915: Germany proclaims a paper blockade of all the British coast,…

From the archives

31 January 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Reprisals’, The Spectator, 30 January 1915: There has been a tendency among some newspapers, and perhaps still more among…

From the archives

24 January 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Economic quackery’, The Spectator, 23 January 1915: Ever since the war began there has been a tendency to rely upon…

From the archives

17 January 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Music and the war’, The Spectator, 16 January 1915: The war, so far, has not thrown up any supreme…