Engelsberg Ideas is home to great writing from leading thinkers on history, culture and geopolitics, featuring essays, notebooks, reviews, and historical portraits as well as regular podcasts. It is published by the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.



Iain Martin

Iain Martin is director 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 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 holds a PhD in History from Uppsala University and was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Columbia University in New York City (2007-2008), and a Visiting Researcher at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris (2008-2009). He is the author of Rätten till Privatlivet (2017), a history of the press and privacy in Sweden and co-editor of several anthologies. He is host of History Lessons.

Paul Lay

Paul Lay is senior editor at Engelsberg Ideas. He is a former editor of History Today, reviews for The Times, the Telegraph and Literary Review, and is the author of Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate (Head of Zeus, 2020), which was shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize.

Alastair Benn

Alastair Benn is deputy editor of Engelsberg Ideas.

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