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Russian history rhymes — from Soviet collapse to Putin’s folly

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A ship without a captain — Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union by Vladislav Zubok review

book-review

Russia in 2020: alternative scenarios of the near future

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The triumph of the Motherland

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The Eurasian Century, Part IV: Cold War

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Myths and realities of Putinism and NATO expansion

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Outside in, inside out: Russia as an empire on the periphery

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Gorbachev did not end the Cold War alone — the West won

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When banks fail

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America’s Afghan reckoning

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Russia: a short history of failed coups

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A real Russian heart: Aleksandr Dugin, Vladimir Putin and the dangerous new Russian ideology

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How Russia and Iran have united in antipathy towards the West

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Russia and the West – the path not taken

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Decline in three dimensions

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The swift death of Gorbachev’s USSR set Russia on a path to chaos

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Soviet socialism was no good at groceries

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Great Books: William Golding’s The Spire

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The price of freedom

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Finance without trust: a perilous business

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A Cold War with Chinese characteristics

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The Caliphate: the persistence of a brutal ideology

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Bad history — why the Treaty of Versailles is an imperfect guide to future Russia-West relations

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Nehemiah Wallington – Puritan chronicler had far less fun than Pepys

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A little history of the modern Middle East

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Empire and development in First Millennium Europe

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Challenging the ‘Great Reset’ theory of pandemics

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Alexander Helphand — impresario of revolutionary disaster who smoothed Lenin’s return to Russia

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What does the future of evolution look like?

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The decay and renewal of the American constitutional order

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The new Warsaw Pact

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Everything is not really okay in Afghanistan

book-review

Beware the Ides of August

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The timely return of Henry Clay

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The unmaking of Julius Caesar

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EI Weekly Listen — Rolf Ekéus on how to end wars

podcasts

The true sources of Soviet conduct

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The gerontology of power

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Meritocracy v the people

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Solzhenitsyn, Putin and the historical myth-making that drives Russian imperialism

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What Putin learnt from NATO’s 1999 intervention in Kosovo

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The shifting fortunes of IS-Khorasan

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Jacques Rueff’s quest for monetary order

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Modern France and the ghosts of the past

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Ukraine on the move: a century of migration

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Unipolar America: another imperial delusion ends

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To avoid a dictatorship of scholars

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The march of the sovereign individuals

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Cubans are losing their fear

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The old republic of Europe

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Fritz Mannheimer – stockbroker of peace

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Geopolitics and the Mongol Empire

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Napoleonic Europe: how the Emperor built a continent

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Towards a Westphalia for the Middle East

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History while it’s still smoking

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Putin bets the Russia house on the Donbas rustbelt

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Confucius, competition and modern China’s misuse of meritocracy

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Inside the Collective Unconscious

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When did sexual decadence lose its association with social decline?

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Future proof

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Learning from the big, bold 1990s debates over the post-Cold War world

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Putin’s Game: How did so many in the West get Russia so wrong?

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Counting the cost of the 1918-19 pandemic

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The world that saltpetre built

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Will Russia be happy as China’s junior partner?

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As the Arctic thaws, are we able to keep its peace?

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Kazakhstan’s Russia problem

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Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto-gold turned to dust

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How the GDR fell in love with the West

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The Kremlin has its eyes on Gagauzia

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Capitalism’s magic ingredient is confidence

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A most rebellious territory

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Russia’s unbearable frontline burden

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An endless dialogue between past and present

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What the Romans did for the US

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Vienna’s vapour trail

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Russia, America and the roads not taken

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan: Warrior of the liberal centre

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Russia: Nation of floods

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Martin Niemöller’s stand against Hitler

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NATO’s next act

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Russia’s century of scientific autarky

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From broken windows to bulldozers

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God is back

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The end of history ends

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The ancient roots of the modern holy war

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Yugoslavia and the ghosts of nationalism

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Machiavelli and the benefits of civil strife

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The war against printing

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Knowing Russia was going to invade Ukraine was not enough

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Khorloogiin Choibalsan — Stalin of the steppe

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Akinpelu Obisesan — a gentleman diarist in colonial Africa

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The world that Vasco da Gama built

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Basil Liddell Hart and the Art of Peace

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Can warfare ever be considered modern?

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The Nation in Arms: Myth or reality?

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Why the idea of Carthage survived Roman conquest

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The transformation of Mitteleuropa

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How war created the nation state and yet could destroy it

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This crisis has the capacity to be apocalyptic

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The polymath in the age of specialisation

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Thucydides was a Realist

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Christianity in a cold climate – Jesuit encounters with Japan

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Rethinking the Meiji Restoration

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Was Horace a town or a country mouse?

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Nafissa Sid Cara — an ambiguous pioneer for Muslim women

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Duality, determinism and demography: The Greeks on geopolitics

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Chiang Ching-kuo — dictator or democrat?

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Time running out in China’s waiting game — The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order by Rush Doshi review

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Margaret Thatcher – the fall, thirty years on

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Shaping society — The Making of Our Urban Landscape by Geoffrey Tyack review

book-review

Meet the Zoomer generation

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Waugh’s war

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Inside the disinformation forever war

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How Arcadia was won and lost and found again

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Globalisation — lessons from George Canning on how to remake trade

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Ukraine and Russia: how closeness turned into war

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Reassessing Christian history

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A world of nations and states is here to stay

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Why Jihadists write poetry

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Jaan Kross — a writer’s route to happiness

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The tragic tradition of Ukraine’s Sviatohirsk Lavra

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The Soviet military was a hollow colossus

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How US policy failure post-9/11 undermined international order

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Where has ‘the good life’ gone?

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Dunwich’s very English apocalypse

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The problem of power in Russia

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Why do politicians get energy policy wrong?

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Survival lessons from Ancient Rome

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Continuity Thatcher: rescuing a complex leader from historical cliché

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The Eurasian Century, Part II: The Great Black Tornado

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Nijinsky’s last dance

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Is energy the god of progress?

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Geopolitics of a pandemic

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The forgotten lessons of First World War strategy

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When disaster strikes

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Crisis, settlement, or containment — what is to be done on Russia?

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Despotism or anarchy? — Promised Lands: The British and the Ottoman Middle East by Jonathan Parry review

book-review

Rethinking geopolitics

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Imperial Germany – mighty aristocracy or modern meritocracy?

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What is the purpose of existence?

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The Queen, Stoicism and the defence of the Faith

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The geopolitics and grand strategy of Alfred Thayer Mahan

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Rousseau and the barbarity of education

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The 1920 Battle for Ukraine — a warning from the past

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Gustav Stresemann — The man who almost saved the world

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Frederic Prokosch — freedom in fiction

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James Flint – a sino-pioneer ahead of his time

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Fighting in the shadows

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From miracles to massacres – Japan’s tumultuous 20th century

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2020: Putting our pandemic in perspective

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Mikhail Gorbachev gave Russia a chance

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The Pacific Century is here — but not as advertised

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Bond or Blofeld: war, espionage and secrecy in the twenty-first century

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The economy and the paradox of technology

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The truth shall set us free

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Digital revolution: a splash in the cognitive space?

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How the individual invented the modern West

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Brick is best

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Great Books: The Sorrows of Satan by Marie Corelli

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Great Books: I Viceré by Federico De Roberto

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A very medieval cost of living crisis

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Books of the Year

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Information war does not exist

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Kon Satoshi — animator of unmatched talent

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Breaking the nuclear taboo

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Reclaiming Christian freedom for the modern age

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A Year in Ideas

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In defence of shareholder democracy

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Napoleon’s trouble on the home front

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What does Xi Jinping really think?

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Is there hope for Russia after Putin?

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The Arab Awakening: when the dream met reality

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Who created The Paintings for the Temple?

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How a Second Cold War could have been averted

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José Saramago was the master of reinvention

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Bengal Opium: a study in continuity

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Irina Ratushinskaya — Soviet dissident who fought the good fight

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NATO is back

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The White Revolutionaries

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How 1970s California created the modern world

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The Anonymous Canon

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Cyprian Ekwensi: Lagos life in the raw

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Karel Čapek’s robots took on a life of their own

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In Defence of the Literary Critic

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China-US rivalry risks dividing the EU

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What Richard Wagner can tell us about the Wagner Group

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Milan Kundera dreamt in Czech

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Lessons for NATO from Ancient Greece’s Delian League

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An Oceanic Order for the Twenty-First Century

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Russian fortifications present an old problem for Ukraine

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An ode to the ODNB

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In pursuit of greatness: from Troy to Westminster

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Democracy is no longer a ‘hurray-word’ in West Africa

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Three victories and a defeat

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The mythical Burma of Maurice Collis

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Hegel’s philosophy of history

book-review

The enduring secret to Cyrus the Great’s success

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The ins and outs of the European project

book-review

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy revisited

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Ukraine and the West: an alliance by proxy

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Lucretius’ life-saving poem

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How to make a nation

book-review

Contradictions at the heart of an expanding Europe

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How Israel lost sight of its enemies

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Israel’s new Yom Kippur

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Canada’s Pacific railway: an iron spine for a paper nation

book-review

Commemorating Portugal’s ambiguous revolution

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Ferdinand’s second life was the sweetest

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Explaining the Golden Era

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Armenia’s existential moment

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The world in 2024

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Kissinger: the ultimate realist

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The long fall of the Slavic nation

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Writing in the New Year

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Grey zones and dark tourism in Europe’s hinterlands

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Britain’s energy transition in the shadow of the 1970s

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Fearing Russia’s futures

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Sigmar Hillelson — the German Jewish pioneer behind the BBC’s Arabic broadcasts

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Why Putin is haunted by the spectre of Polish power

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Russia’s long imperial moment

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A deep history of Canadian populism

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My crush on cars

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The sublime hubris of Tropical Modernism

book-review

A wild Winterreise

book-review

There are few winners in the wars for the Middle East

book-review

A Hollywood treasure trove

book-review

The history of sport contains multitudes

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China and Russia: forever brothers?

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How to do statecraft

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Undersea cables and the vulnerability of American power

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The madness of crowds

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Did Tiberius have a grand strategy?

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The bells, the bells

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Venice, the serenely unclassifiable city

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The Saddam files and the battle for Iraqi history

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The Singapore way

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Macron’s very French gambit

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Why wars keep happening

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How not to fight a war in Russia

book-review

The misfortunes of war

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In search of Denmark’s soul

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The agony and the ecstasy of Andy Murray

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Ismail Kadare walked the line

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Operetta’s world of invention

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Europe’s contested borders by BMW

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Abraham Lincoln’s warning against mob rule

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The spires at the heart of French history

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Imagining the endgame of the US-China rivalry

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Worldview — what is the future of the West?

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