Cultural history

As English spread over the subcontinent, India lost forever its rich Persianate literary heritage

7 December 2019 9:00 am

William Dalrymple describes how the merging of Sanskrit and Persian cultures after the first millennium heralded a new golden age for India

Loveliest of trees: ‘Cherry blossom at Asakura’ by Ando or Utagawa Hiroshige.The flowering cherry is a national obsession in Japan — and in Korea has been eradicated

The oak doesn't belong to England

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Was it perhaps the landscape historian Oliver Rackham who gave rise to our present preoccupation with old trees through his…

Anxious young mother — Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby

The opposite of a self-help book

25 July 2015 9:00 am

At last, a snappy pop philosophy book which offers to sort out absolutely none of your personal issues. If anything,…

Soaring splendour

17 December 2011 8:00 pm

The glorious monuments built in India by the Mughal emperors, from Babur in the early 16th century to Bahadur Shah…

A beautiful bloody world

10 December 2011 10:30 am

The half-millennium or so that followed the division of the Carolingian empire in 843 AD was a time of profound…

At opposite ends of the scale

3 December 2011 10:00 am

A book which opens in the bushes of a Venetian garden and ends, more or less, in the cafés of…

Trading places

3 December 2011 9:00 am

Thirty years ago Sir Keith Joseph, portrayed by Sir Ian Gilmour, a fellow minister, as owning ‘a Rolls-Royce mind without…

All these Indias

22 January 2011 12:00 am

David Gilmour enjoys an idiosyncratic journey around this vast country of sometimes unbearable contrasts

Another form of segregation

18 December 2010 12:00 am

William Feaver on a sumptuous work of scholarship devoted exclusively to the black arts