First World War

Goodbye Christopher Robin will give your child PTSD

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Scriptwriters love to feast on the lives of children’s authors. The themes tend not to vary: they may have brought…

Stretcher-parties wading through the morass sometimes took six hours to bring in casualties. Left: near Boesinghe, 1 August 1917 (from Chris McNabb’s Passchendaele 1917)

Did the hideous carnage of Passchendaele gain the Allies anything?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Peter Parker on the carnage of Passchendaele

Who next for a blast? Wyndham Lewis in 1917, photographed by George Charles Beresford

Flappers, futurists, Bloomsbury and Putney – Wyndham Lewis's many enemies

1 July 2017 9:00 am

A superb retrospective at IWM North makes no apology for Wyndham Lewis: painter, poet, publisher and picker of fights. Laura Freeman reports

Up, up and away: ‘Endless Column’, 1937, by Constantin Brancusi

The most celebrated work of modernism that almost nobody has seen

24 June 2017 9:00 am

‘Everything is slow in Romania,’ said our driver Pavel resignedly, and, as it turned out, he was not exaggerating. He…

The radio documentary that makes you think again about the Nuremberg Trials

27 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Hell is better than what I personally witnessed,’ says Ben Ferencz, who was one of the American troops sent in…

David Tennant is magical: Don Juan in Soho reviewed

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Don Juan in Soho rehashes an old Spanish yarn about a sexual glutton ruined by his appetite. Setting the story…

Red dawn: Lenin demands revolution, April 1917

March 1917: Russians are proving themselves worthy of self-government

25 March 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The Russian revolution’, 24 March 1917: Even now, though the Revolution is young, the Russians have proved that they are fit…

‘The worst fault any military plan can have’: on the Dardanelles debacle

18 March 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The Dardanelles report’, 17 March 1917: The plan of the government in the case of the Dardanelles Expedition had…

We all love a winner: T.E. Lawrence

Will the tide ever turn on Lawrence of Arabia?

18 March 2017 9:00 am

The centenary of General Allenby’s capture of Jerusalem falls later this year. On 11 December 1917, the commander-in-chief of Britain’s…

There’s only one way for America to be safe now – join the war and win

11 March 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The revelation of Germany to the United States’, 10 March 1917: Even if Mr Wilson stops short at his present…

1917: The Americans are coming!

25 February 2017 9:00 am

From ‘What will the United States do?’, The Spectator, 24 February 1917: It may be that the congestion of American…

The Islamic world did liberalise – but then came the first world war

25 February 2017 9:00 am

The Muslim world had an age of modernisation. It died in the first world war

1917: War is no excuse for theft

18 February 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The confiscation of enemy property’, The Spectator, 17 February 1917: It is perfectly possible to remove German influences without…

Ingrid Bergman, Getty

How the stress industry is gaslighting Britain

18 February 2017 9:00 am

We’re being encouraged to see normal emotions as ‘stress’. It’s driving us crazy

Britain and American falling out is ‘a thing contrary to Nature’

11 February 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The United States and Britain’, The Spectator, 10 February 1917: It would be easy to write down a hundred…

The Spectator calls for higher taxes, 1917

4 February 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Lenders and taxpayers’, The Spectator, 3 February 1917: As to the general financial soundness of the country there can be…

1917, and Britain doesn’t quite rule the waves

21 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Raiders, submarines and some naval problems’, The Spectator, 20 January 1917: At the moment the enemy’s fleet is compelled to…

The greatest hacker of the first world war: Nigel de Grey

The greatest hackers of the first world war

14 January 2017 9:00 am

A hundred years ago, the Zimmermann Telegram brought America into the first world war. This is the story of how it was cracked

The Spectator on the killing of Rasputin

7 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 6 January 1917: The war has been crowded with romantic adventures by sea…

Has the subtlety of a howitzer: Royal Opera’s Der Rosenkavalier reviewed

7 January 2017 9:00 am

In Joseph Roth’s The Radetzky March, the ageing Emperor Franz Joseph regrets the drab field-grey that has replaced his army’s…

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…

Soldiers on the Western Front celebrating Christmas Day in a shell hole partly occupied by the grave of a comrade

The muddy, bloody origins of a treasured Christmas Eve ritual

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Alexandra Coghlan reveals the muddy, bloody origins of a treasured Christmas Eve ritual

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…

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…

The most significant invention of the 20th century? The Haber-Bosch process

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Barbed wire, concrete, razor blades, passports, Bakelite and the sewage system are all crucial to the way we live now…