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The decay and renewal of the American constitutional order

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How the British made the NHS their religion

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The Revolt of the European Masses: the disintegration of accountability in supra-national politics

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Space and the new struggle for civilisational supremacy

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Russia in 2020: alternative scenarios of the near future

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America’s problem with unconventional warfare

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The geopolitics and grand strategy of Alfred Thayer Mahan

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A government of laws

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Iain Macleod — short-serving chancellor and lost Tory leader

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The Elizabethan era is laid to rest

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Future proof

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The strange birth of the European

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The return of great power diplomacy

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Inside the disinformation forever war

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Rethinking the Meiji Restoration

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Did nationalism exist in the classical world?

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America’s return as the reluctant defender of the liberal order

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The forgotten lessons of First World War strategy

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The crusader of good will

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Doing our duty at home and abroad — A Duty of Care: Britain Before and After Covid by Peter Hennessy review

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The Nation in Arms: Myth or reality?

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The Soviet military was a hollow colossus

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To avoid a dictatorship of scholars

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

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Human nature and European civilisation

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Foes into friends: Germany’s role in postwar European integration

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Alternative international orders: a modern Holy Alliance for the twenty-first century

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Battling for the best and brightest: immigration, great power rivalry, and the history of talent importation

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From broken windows to bulldozers

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Ruling the waves

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Between Westernisers and Slavophiles – the search for Russia’s soul

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The carrot and the stick — geo-economics and Russian revisionism

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

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Fighting in the shadows

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Why the nation beat the empire in the battle of 19th century ideas

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Geopolitics never went away for the United States

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What does the future of evolution look like?

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The Spy and the State

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The third way: How different is the Swedish model?

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How war created the nation state and yet could destroy it

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Globalisation: why it went into retreat

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Why applied history matters

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The fake history of civilisational states

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The Empire strikes back

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Can democracy and genetic engineering co-exist?

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The twilight of the Arab state

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A little history of the modern Middle East

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The old republic of Europe

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How Ukraine is winning in the adaptation battle against Russia

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Covid-19 and the moral case for personal judgement

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The endless frontier

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Ukraine on the move: a century of migration

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The Future of Europe: secular but not secularist, diverse but not divided

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Meritocracy v the people

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China: The great uncoupling

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The war for hearts and minds: the evolution of al-Qaeda’s media strategy

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Islam and the contingency of politics

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What is the purpose of existence?

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Challenging the ‘Great Reset’ theory of pandemics

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Ancient lessons for modern crisis

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America – nation of myth-makers

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

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The flag wars are here to stay

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Can warfare ever be considered modern?

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The road to Auschwitz

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The Balkan Question

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Towards a Westphalia for the Middle East

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Traitorous Blake motivated by Cold War convictions

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The many meanings of culture

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Tradition meets aesthetics: the meaning of modern rituals

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

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Geopolitics of a pandemic

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Jacques Rueff’s quest for monetary order

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Seeing the big picture — how Russia’s past guides its grand strategy

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A world of nations and states is here to stay

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

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The indispensable foreign correspondent

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What did it mean to belong to the Holy Roman Empire?

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A tale of three generals — how the Ukrainian military turned the tide

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Spies as agents of peace

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Total football — from catenaccio to gegenpressing it’s about openness to ideas

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Thucydides was a Realist

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Japanese architecture – building the impossible

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Rewiring the world

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

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

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Ukraine’s success in Kharkiv forced Putin’s hand

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Did civilisation add to the quality of human life?

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Continuity Thatcher: rescuing a complex leader from historical cliché

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Rousseau and the barbarity of education

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Great Books: E.H. Carr’s Nationalism and After

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Information war does not exist

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American democracy can help fix America’s broken society

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The human need for war

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The restless search for fun wars

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Four reasons to study Polybius — most practical of ancient historians

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Rethinking geopolitics

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Finding Garibaldi

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The cultural conversation of mankind

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Liberty at risk as threats to freedom grow

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Towards an Arcadian future

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How mechanical refrigeration changed the world

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This crisis has the capacity to be apocalyptic

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When disaster strikes

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How to fix the future, Estonian style

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Meet the Zoomer generation

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John Perry Barlow and the struggle for the independence of cyberspace

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Why human agency matters

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On the myth of multiculturalism

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Why America goes to war

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What drives Vladimir Putin?

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Lawrence of Arabia on war: How the past haunts the present

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Modern France and the ghosts of the past

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Containing and deterring Russia: can Europe act strategically?

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Where does esotericism belong in modern academia and what is its purpose?

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2020: Putting our pandemic in perspective

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Why we don’t remember pandemics

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Digital revolution: a splash in the cognitive space?

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Wise warnings matter even more in this age of pandemics and big data

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How Arcadia was won and lost and found again

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Five Eyes: the past, present and future of the world’s key intelligence alliance

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Christopher Lasch – contrarian critic of America’s elites

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Austria: nation, state or empire?

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Inside the Collective Unconscious

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The intelligent use of history — what is the past good for?

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Dealing with the past – a Russian history

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Richard Aldington — the war poet who rejected moral certainties about conflict

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The triumph of the Motherland

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Nehemiah Wallington – Puritan chronicler had far less fun than Pepys

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Head, hand and heart

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Sir Alexander Cadogan — Churchill’s indispensable man

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Robert Adam and building beautiful

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The Queen, Stoicism and the defence of the Faith

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On guard: the contemporary salience of military fortification

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George Orwell’s idea of civilisation

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The Platinum Jubilee — the joys of Pomp and Circumstance

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Ukraine can win the peace

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How to negotiate with China

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Is our religion of love doing more harm than good?

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The march of the sovereign individuals

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Christianity in a cold climate – Jesuit encounters with Japan

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Yosano Akiko — a great of modern Japanese poetry

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What makes a man die for his country?

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Making sense of the Yemen War

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The gods in love

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Great Power competition is going nuclear again

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What is mistake theory and can it save the humanities?

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Counting the cost of the 1918-19 pandemic

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Confucius, competition and modern China’s misuse of meritocracy

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The problem of power in Russia

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Equality – what is it good for?

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History while it’s still smoking

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Globalisation — lessons from George Canning on how to remake trade

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Gazing back to see China’s future

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City-states are back

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Troubled waters

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Why do democracies decay?

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Conducting is Finland’s soft superpower

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Geopolitics — the key to understanding Russia foreign policy

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

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The Eurasian Century, Part IV: Cold War

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How manga shapes Japanese identity

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Jane the Virgin: Metafictional telenovela par excellence

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Ignacio Sánchez Mejías — sensationalist matador who brought celebrity to the corrida

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From Saartjie Baartman to Dolly the Sheep: what does genetic integrity mean?

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Between frustrated Wagnerians and unsatisfied Schopenhauerians – what does Nietzsche reveal about decadence?

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Queen Elizabeth II — the end of a glorious reign

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Gustav Stresemann — The man who almost saved the world

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Napoleonic Europe: how the Emperor built a continent

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Russell Leffingwell – guardian of the American century

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Who’s seeing your data and why?

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The world that saltpetre built

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Leadership in crisis – why the West needs Plato more than ever

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From the Silk Road to the information superhighway

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Information loss

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In search of Lebensraum

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When did sexual decadence lose its association with social decline?

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Margaret Thatcher – the fall, thirty years on

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Ernest Benn against the Census and the forces of Bumbledom

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The honourable men of the House of Morgan – J.P Morgan & Co and the Crisis of Capitalism by Martin Horn review

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In defence of the Habsburgs

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Decline in three dimensions

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Careless posts cost lives

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Civilisation and Auschwitz are not a contradiction in terms

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History’s soundtrack: America’s swinging musical diplomacy

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The end of history ends

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The importance of the individual in history

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The enduring spirit of cricket

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The other side of the hill

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Enid Bagnold — trailblazing novelist whose greatest novel launched Elizabeth Taylor’s career

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China’s takeover of Western capitalism

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Adam Smith: the first anti-capitalist?

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Chemical weapons and war: the growing threat

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EI Weekly Listen — the fake history of civilisational states by Christopher Coker

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Epic news

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EI Weekly Listen — The Revolt of the European Masses: the disintegration of accountability in supra-national politics by Janne Haaland Matlary

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Orwell in all weathers

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The economy and the paradox of technology

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Charles Johnston: British diplomat who used a poet’s eye to fix the final phase of empire

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Democracy in crisis: Lessons from Ancient Athens

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Privacy Policy

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General James Oglethorpe — a man of uncommon vivacity

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Playing with demons — how thought experiments guide scientific innovation

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The West needs to boost its industrial capacity fast

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The shifting fortunes of IS-Khorasan

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The City of God: on Augustine’s vision of Empire

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Business burble doesn’t beat real historical understanding

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Living with the Great Plague of 1665

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Macaulay and the lost optimism of Victorian history

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Untold knowledge: the price of deforestation

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The dissident’s dilemma

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Spirit-lands and tyrant-kings: differing tales of statehood

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The shadow of Chiang Kai-shek and the struggle for Taiwanese identity

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God is back

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Why Jihadists write poetry

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Oswald Spengler – an intellectual life

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Abba and engineering: how Swedish music took over the world

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What if Bach and Handel had met?

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Machiavelli and the benefits of civil strife

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Basil Liddell Hart and the Art of Peace

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China rethinking its role

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Sweden and Finland forced into the NATO fold by Russia

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How ideology transformed the early modern individual

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Do we know the truth about the Thirty Years’ War?

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Artists of the floating world

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The Eurasian Century, Part III: The Totalitarian Challenge

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Jean Denis, Comte Lanjuinais – fearless opponent of The Terror

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Painting the invisible

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Fire in the sky — a history of meteoritics

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What pushed Sweden away from socialism?

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The hidden lives of Samurai women

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The many ways of seeing Saint Monica

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Reassessing Christian history

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Do we really know what war is anymore? — The Weaponisation of Everything: A Field Guide To The New Way of War by Mark Galeotti review

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Philippa Fawcett – wrangler extraordinaire

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Elizabeth the Dutiful

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Étienne Clavière – the revolutionary who hated revolution

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Singing Byrd in a cage

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Victor Hugo’s ideal of Europe

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

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The lost art of listening

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An innovative analysis of global terrorism — Western Jihadism: A Thirty Year History by Jytte Klausen review

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Element of surprise — the West needs to be more unpredictable

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Binding order and liberty: Tocqueville the politician

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Tsiang Tingfu – pre-revolutionary China’s last bridge with the West

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Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan — for Xi, it’s personal

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The moderate life of Decimus Magnus Ausonius

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Upstairs, downstairs, demolished – the changing fate of the English country house

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Against pasta: remembering The Manifesto of Futurist Cooking

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Myths and realities of Putinism and NATO expansion

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New Turkey’s old politics

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Yugoslavia and the ghosts of nationalism

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Statecraft for an age of blood and iron — The Strategy of Denial: American Defence in an Age of Great Power Conflict by Elbridge Colby review

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Ancient creations: from the Antikythera Mechanism to Western music

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Chiang Ching-kuo — dictator or democrat?

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Hostile neighbours and a parallel path: why Japan and Germany are rearming

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Dürer in Venice

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Olympe de Gouges: the recalcitrant revolutionary

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The Gospel of Thomas: casting a new light on Early Christianity

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God Bless America: A Short History of the Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Putin’s Poison Pill

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Haiti and the pathos of history

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How the idea of America changed Britain

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The Germans and their cars: history of a love affair

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Can nuclear deterrence preserve the Long Peace between major powers?

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After Hilma af Klint: the influence of Theosophy on contemporary art

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Putin sees himself as engaged in an existential war with the West

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EI Weekly Listen — America’s problem with unconventional warfare by Frederick Kagan

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EI Weekly Listen — How US policy failure post-9/11 undermined international order by Emma Sky

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Charles III — why not make him King-Emperor of Europe?

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Putin’s propaganda is parroting Al-Qaeda’s anti-Western grievances

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Germany in Europe: the engine that couldn’t

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George McGhee – American father to Britain’s Suez Crisis

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Fritz Mannheimer – stockbroker of peace

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Authority without knowledge

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Tobias Smollett – a life in caricature

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The Napoleonic myth of la méritocratie

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The British have lost the art of eating out

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The American dream making a come back

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Algorithms vs Humanity

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The secrets of the special relationship

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The art and science of intelligence in war

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On dandyism

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Jesse Ventura – the wrestling governor who blazed a trail for Trump

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In defence of the city-state

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

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Uruk and the origins of the sacred economy

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John le Carré: the timeless allure of a true literary great

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Remembering Liu Xiaobo’s moral critique of modern China

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Robert Louis Stevenson knew about guerrilla warfare

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Parallel visionaries – Hilla Rebay and Hilma af Klint

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

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Ukraine is the latest disaster in a long history of Russian military dysfunction

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Inventing the Samurai

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The aesthetic harmony of Japanese nature

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Why do politicians get energy policy wrong?

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On tea

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What should we do when the terrorists go quiet?

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William Shockley — accidental inventor of Silicon Valley

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Russia digging in for a long war with the West

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Four steps to surviving the Russia crisis

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Unipolar America: another imperial delusion ends

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The eighteenth-century technological awakening of artist adventurers

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What the Silicon Valley idealists got wrong

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Geopolitics and the Mongol Empire

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The Joint Intelligence Committee: Reading the Russian mindset

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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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Rosaleen Norton — joyful contrarian and occultist turned pioneer for free speech

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The first Yugoslav

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Show’s over: the case against a cultural boycott of Russia

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War displaces Ukrainians – again

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The century of the gene

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Why bittersweet beats SOUR

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Good poetry in a crisis

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Nepal’s shifting loyalties — All Roads Lead North: China, Nepal and the Conquest for the Himalayas by Amish Raj Mulmi review

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Survival lessons from Ancient Rome

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Remembering Wilhelm Furtwängler

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The birth of theosophy

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

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Heinrich Biber — composer of rapture and ravings

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Valeriy Lobanovskyi: The greatest football coach you’ve never heard of

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A world without glamorous Shanghai is the poorer for it

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Sweden’s swinging sixties

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Roger Federer rose above our frenetic times

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The joy of suffering

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French and British cinema in wartime: subtlety against the odds

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Defeat in Ukraine dooms Putin’s distorted historical worldview

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When Dickens made his masterpiece

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Was Horace a town or a country mouse?

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Baudelaire grappling with God

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Resilient London will regenerate

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The spirit of Hilary Mantel

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What is England really made of?

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How Russia and Iran have united in antipathy towards the West

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Khorloogiin Choibalsan — Stalin of the steppe

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Janusz Korczak — the Old Doctor of Warsaw

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Where has ‘the good life’ gone?

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Kids these days

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Aspasia of Miletus – queen of the Athenian salon

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Joseph Leclerc du Tremblay – the original éminence grise

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Illuminated by Sidney Lumet, beyond reasonable doubt

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The war against printing

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Klára Dán — esoteric intellect who wrote the first modern computer code

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‘Everything is Ukraine’ — Ukraine’s long search for a homeland

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Joseph Galloway – the forgotten Founding Father

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The Middle East: Kissinger’s masterpiece?

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Olympism: magic, myths and mega-events

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The Gospel according to Judas

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Great Books: I Viceré by Federico De Roberto

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The intoxicating humanism of Truffaut’s Les 400 Coups

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Learning in Italy

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Italy the mediator’s crush on Russia

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Macron’s France is remaking itself again

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The nuclear dilemma: deterrence works, up to a point

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The future of war: embrace the new, remember the old

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Human behaviour will still determine who wins wars

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History shows revolutions are a disaster

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Empire and development in First Millennium Europe

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Fantasy in Middle Eastern nation-making

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HIMARS permit Ukrainians to fight how they know best — a strategy of corrosion

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A garden of schizophrenics

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Blessed are the cheesemakers

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Putin bets the Russia house on the Donbas rustbelt

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The miracle of refugee musicians

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The two Elizabeths

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The Eurasian Century, Part I: What Mackinder Knew

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The Eurasian Century, Part V: Beijing’s Gambit

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The dark side to loving a group

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The geopolitical fight to come over green energy

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How the West can drive a wedge between India and Russia

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Elizabeth Thompson — military artist whose star rose and fell with the British Empire

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Imperial Germany – mighty aristocracy or modern meritocracy?

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John Hughes and the making and unmaking of the American dream

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Putin’s land war — cautionary lessons from Ancient Greece

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John McDonald – poker-playing popularizer of game theory

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Low power: how self-sufficient Sweden jeopardised its energy security

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Meteorites: our fascination with the ultimate antique

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How Elizabeth II created the role of the modern monarch

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A brief history of the fatwa

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Worldview — what is the future of the West?

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How the individual invented the modern West

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Brick is best

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On the dangers of sleep

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On ostracism

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EI Weekly Listen – Mark Honigsbaum: Challenging the ‘Great Reset’ theory of pandemics

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The squandered promise of Willie Wilde

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Giovannino Guareschi: Italian Orwell

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Joe Biden and the attractions of Augustine

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Crisis and the creation of great art

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Raïssa Maritain: more than a mystic

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Learning from Asian philosophies of rebirth

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The truth shall set us free

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Chequered history of ministries of all the talents

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Cookie Policy

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René of Anjou — an Arthurian king

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Stuck in Herbert’s Temple

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‘The Day Of The Jackal’: How far was fiction from reality?

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Late Beauties of the British Empire

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The right path — the complexities of transporting lethal aid to Ukraine

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MI9 – Helen Fry on wartime escape

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Blinded by the light

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The cloak-and-dagger intrigue of Italian presidential elections

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Why Jihadis are drawn to Khorasan

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Akinpelu Obisesan — a gentleman diarist in colonial Africa

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Digital dictatorship: a brutal examination of the UAE

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The world that Vasco da Gama built

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The strong armed philosophy of the Chinese state isn’t new

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Brendan Bracken – ‘more Churchillian than Churchill’

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Cubans are losing their fear

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You are not as clever as you think

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Technology transfer across the ages

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Ukraine and Russia: how closeness turned into war

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George Orwell’s idea of technology

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When artists retrain

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Fighting back against Russia — the return of propaganda

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Spoken history: the modern importance of indigenous cultures

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Inside Cromwell’s New Model Army

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Between Hitler and Mussolini: The agony of Pope Pius XII

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Anti-nuclear bomb Germany changing its mind

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The Ettrick Shepherd stands watch

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The secret life of hemp

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Italy: Mother of all invention

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Konstantin Tsiolkovsky – Rocket Man

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The Indo-Pacific is an idea whose time has come

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Putin needs ‘General Frost’ on his side to win in Ukraine

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A contested Afghanistan could be even worse

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Weimar on the West Coast

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The beauty of brocade paper

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George IV: a very decadent Prince

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George Kennedy Young: Banker, Writer, Soldier, Spy

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China’s neverending pigstory

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Why the idea of Carthage survived Roman conquest

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Swedish leaders and a lesson in hubris

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Anna Komnene – the princess who chronicled Byzantium’s changing fortunes

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The polymath in the age of specialisation

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

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The great beauty of Donatello

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Great Books: The Golden String by Bede Griffiths

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The strange death of the art school

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Who are the modern Greeks?

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Solitude standing

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Genius has its limits

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Nothing like a midsummer sacrifice

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Milton vs the echo chamber

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Angels among us

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An unlikely artistic alliance: the wartime Britons who saved and celebrated German art

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Order and chaos in ancient Indian thought

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Will Russia be happy as China’s junior partner?

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Helen Sutherland – brave cultivator of the beautiful

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Bartolus of Saxoferrato — a legal legend between two ages

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The ancient art of sycophancy

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Carl Akeley – the contradictory life of a taxidermist and hunter turned wildlife photographer

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Nature through the eyes of two Victorians: a birdwatcher and his big-game hunting brother

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Kazakhstan’s Russia problem

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Fratelli d’Italia’s Burning Flame — why the medium is the message for Giorgia Meloni

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Finding the God in Godard

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EI Weekly Listen — Geopolitics, geoeconomics and Russian revisionism by Mikael Wigell

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EI Weekly Listen — Elements of seapower, past and present by Lincoln Paine

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EI Weekly Listen — Russia and geopolitics by Anna-Lena Laurén

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Worldview — the Eurasian century

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EI Weekly Listen — Alexander Lee on Machiavelli and civil strife

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EI Weekly Listen – Tim Marshall: New Turkey’s old politics

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EI Weekly Listen — Clive Aslet: The changing fate of the English country house

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EI Weekly Listen – Philip Bobbitt: A government of laws

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Hip to be Square

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Great Books: the Winnetou series by Karl May

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The Eurasian Century, by Hal Brands

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Meritocracy Week

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Belarus: the state built by the Second World War

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What are leaders good for?

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In defence of freedom in fiction

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Seeing through Mussolini’s lies

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Why we make lists

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Champagne supernova

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For the love of wine

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Tender is the night

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Philip Thicknesse — libertine turned ornamental hermit

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The beauty of municipal swimming pools

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On Richelieu’s cats

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Inauguration and the power of American ritual

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Painting by numbers

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A little history of the Fierce Goddess

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The ancient Egyptians and birds — history of a fascination

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Nouvelle Cuisine made food better

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Crowded out

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That was once upon a time in Iraq

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Great Books: E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops

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The perils of the quest for immortality

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Sophie Scholl — still the White Rose blooms

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Her Great Quality

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Jaan Kross — a writer’s route to happiness

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More than the sum of our parts

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Did America lose the right stuff?

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Infernal allies

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The tragedy of the Trump circus

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Element of the absurd — In Search of Romania by Dennis Deletant review

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Worldview: Reflections on War — Leadership in war

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What was it like being Rome’s richest man?

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

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Finding the future in France Profonde

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Donnez moi un break

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The quest for Vino and Veritas

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Casting a vote for democracy

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

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Working From Anywhere — the holiday never stops

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In search of civilisation

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The ancient roots of the modern holy war

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Italia 1990s: footballing glory turned to dust

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It came from outer space

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Guittone d’Arezzo – Dante’s forgotten muse

portraits

Knowing Russia was going to invade Ukraine was not enough

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Why 16 billion cortical neurons are not enough

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Epicharis — defiance unbounded

portraits

Football’s most perfect meritocracy

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Russia and the West – the path not taken

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The different ways to know the gods in Ancient Greece

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Does evolution have a moral or spiritual dimension?

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Roman geopolitics — an exercise in myth-making

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The transformation of Mitteleuropa

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Grey matters

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The lost allure of alchemy

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On the art of metallurgy

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Policy shaped by personal conviction — False Prophets: British leaders’ fateful fascination with the Middle East from Suez to Syria by Nigel Ashton review

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The joy of books

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Priaulx Rainier: Fearless and pioneering composer

portraits

The shadow of 1912: history points to a GOP split

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Missing the boat in a broad canvas — Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern by Mary Beard review

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Ancient scandals and power struggles: Succession’s unexpected playfulness with ancient history

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Suffering — the price of being alive: an Islamic perspective

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Dispatched to Donbas to honour frontline heroes

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A collision of rival visions — Empire and Jihad: The Anglo-Arab Wars of 1870-1920 by Neil Faulkner review

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Where Cambridge leads Britain should follow

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The promise of Greenland

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Waugh’s war

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Maria Antonia of Bavaria — Electress of many talents

portraits

On betrayal

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Pittacus – the good tyrant

portraits

The merrie histories of R.J. Unstead

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Fighting the good fight

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Edward Daniel Clarke – collector of the world

portraits

The ghost of Olof Palme: how support for the Kurds is complicating Sweden’s NATO accession

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Moina Mathers — High Priestess of the Belle Époque

portraits

How to speak when speech isn’t free

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Apology for a woman writing

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This woman’s work

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Dunwich’s very English apocalypse

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The original women in STEM

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Mimi Baez Fariña – life beyond the 60s

portraits

The many meanings of Georgia O’Keeffe

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EI Weekly Listen — Fairy Tales of Statehood: the politics of sacred land and divine-kings by Jessica Frazier

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Hans Rott — a symphonic stepping stone

portraits

Essaying a genre

notebook

The Eurasian Century, Part II: The Great Black Tornado

essays

Star Wars — the mythos of our times

notebook

Nijinsky’s last dance

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Great Books: Charles Dickens’ Hard Times

book-review

Is energy the god of progress?

notebook

Putin’s war with the Church

notebook

Jacobus Clemens non Papa – absolutely not the Pope

portraits

More than a bandstand

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Fear and loathing in East Anglia

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The possibility of elsewhere

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Missing the theatre of everyday life

notebook

In praise of Rembrandt’s ruffs

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The rise of the metaverse

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Football’s rhetoric of suffering

notebook

The 1920 Battle for Ukraine — a warning from the past

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A hook to uncover hidden histories — My Grandfather’s Knife: And Other Stories of War and Belongings by Joseph Pearson review

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Frederic Prokosch — freedom in fiction

portraits

China’s ruling creed at 100: the Party never stops

essays

The silence of Chinese intellectuals under Xi Jinping

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Women in modern China — the odds are heaped against Peng Shuai

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Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy – true to her own self

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Gareth Evans — philosophy’s lost prodigy

portraits

A marriage of the geopolitical, the military and the material — Victory at Sea: Naval Power and the Transformation of the Global Order in World War II by Paul Kennedy review

book-review

In praise of music’s uselessness

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Great Books: Patrick Hamilton’s reversals of fortune

book-review

Bohumil Hrabal — king of palaverers

portraits

Kerouac Abroad, Kerouac at Sea and Kerouac Out There

notebook

Mikhail Gorbachev gave Russia a chance

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Madame de Pompadour — eighteenth-century fashion and twenty-first-century fads

book-review

The Pacific Century is here — but not as advertised

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Stalin, Mao and turbulent transitions in authoritarian regimes

book-review

How the information age really began

essays

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

notebook

Have Britons lost the art of talking proper?

notebook

Great Books: The Sorrows of Satan by Marie Corelli

book-review

Democratised and declassified: the era of social media war is here

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Superforecasting will not save us

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A very medieval cost of living crisis

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The imbalance of terror: reflections on nuclear deterrence from the 1980s

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When the fighting stops, what then?

notebook

Winston Churchill, arch-pragmatist

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Where does Cuba’s destiny lie?

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