About

Engelsberg Ideas is the home to great writing from the world’s leading thinkers on history and culture, featuring essays, historical portraits and regular podcasts. Engelsberg Ideas is free to read, providing access to excellence. It is published by the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

 

Team

Iain Martin

Iain Martin is editor-in-chief of Engelsberg Ideas. He is a Times columnist, and is co-founder and publisher of Reaction. He was editor of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, and deputy editor of the Sunday Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal Europe. He has written two books: Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy (2013) about the 2008 financial crash, and Crash, Bang, Wallop: the inside story of London’s Big Bang and a financial revolution that changed the world (2016) about late-80s deregulation.

Mattias Hessérus

Mattias Hessérus is a historian and broadcaster. He is the Director of the Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy and sits on the committee of the Engelsberg Applied History Programme at the University of Cambridge and King’s College London. Hessérus received a PhD in History from Uppsala University. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in NYC, and held a Swedish Institute Scholarship at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. He has worked for radio and tv and spent three years as review editor of Axess Magazine. He is host of History Lessons.

Alastair Benn

Alastair Benn is deputy editor of Engelsberg Ideas. He writes regularly on politics, culture, and current affairs, and has written for Reaction, The Times, The Spectator, and The Independent.

Eve Webster

Eve Webster is editorial assistant at Engelsberg Ideas and produces its podcasts. She has written for publications including The Guardian, BBC, Cosmopolitan and Reaction.

Alice Crossley

Alice Crossley is project leader at Engelsberg Ideas and the Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy. She has an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London and was Deputy Editor at Reaction. She has also written for a number of publications including The Telegraph and GQ magazine.