One of a series of three posters showing British industries served by LMS.

Head, hand and heart

A good society is one with a proper balance between the aptitudes of ‘head’, ‘hand’ and ‘heart’. The modern knowledge economy, however, has delivered higher and higher returns to the cognitive elite and reduced the relative pay and status of manual and caring jobs.

Caricature about the dispute over Africa between the English and French colonial powers. Colour engraving from the French magazine "L'Assiette au beurre", 1904. Paris.

Infernal allies

Over the past century, the Anglo-French relationship has at times been testy, even violent. But when the chips are down, Britain and France find a way of getting along.

Eruption of Vesuvius, by Pierre-Jacques Volaire (1729-1792).

When disaster strikes

Disasters result from vulnerabilities in our social fabric and a lack of preparedness for new threats. Those with the fewest options have the most to lose.

The K-3 Leninsky Komsomol, the first Soviet nuclear submarine, undergoes repairs before being transported to the Museum of Naval Glory in Kronshtadt via the White SeaBaltic Canal.

Ruling the waves

Sea power derives from resources, a direct interest in sea-based trade, and pressure exerted by enemies. In the modern age, the importance of these factors in international affairs remains paramount.

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