patriotism

Why Roy Cohn is not one of the world’s most evil men

12 October 2019 9:00 am

New York   The Roy Cohn documentary Bully. Coward. Victim: the Story of Roy Cohn was successfully screened at the…

Should I return to the land of my Italian ancestors?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

When I was growing up, my Italian grandfather was my favourite person. He taught me to play a mean game…

Which town is most proud to be English?

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Ready for take-off? That Heathrow timeline in full: 1949 Labour government proposes an additional two runways for newly opened Heathrow…

I dream of my perfect state: Sparta

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad It was nostalgia time at Prince Victor Emmanuel’s birthday party here, with many old friends reminiscing about our youthful…

Nostalgia and nationalism: an erzatz castle to symbolise the new Germany

15 October 2016 9:00 am

William Cook on the rebuilding of the Berliner Schloss

The Spectator, 1916: Why we still speak of England

25 June 2016 8:00 am

From ‘English or British?’, The Spectator, 25 June 1916: We wish that this question of ‘England’ or ‘Britain’ could be settled satisfactorily,…

Terror Management Studies is a brand new area of research — and it’s not about IS or Boko Haram

23 May 2015 9:00 am

This is not a book to be read in solitude. Not for the obvious reason that it’s frightening, but because…

Don’t mock Elvis’s style - he was ahead of the curve

28 February 2015 9:00 am

In the giftshop at the new Elvis exhibition at the Dome, you can buy your own version of his flared…

Bruce Anderson’s diary: If you want to understand the SNP, it helps to be an ex-Trot

3 January 2015 9:00 am

An embarrassing confession: in the late 1960s, I was a Trotskyite. But that period of political adolescence has its uses.…

Patriotism isn’t uncivilised - it’s what makes civilisation possible

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Is it racist to be patriotic? Is patriotism, by definition, small-minded and exclusive? When you strip away the onion layers…

Three of the best: Edward Thomas (left), Wilfred Owen (above right) and Edmund Blunden

Look again – the first world war poets weren't pacifists

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The patriotism of the Great War’s finest poets was neither narrow nor triumphalist but reflected an intense devotion to an endangered country and to a way of life worth dying for, says David Crane