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Mar 25, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 27 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
The American position on the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic should be obvious.
The elder brother of Charles I, in pictures and memory.Feb 4, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 20 • By SARA LODGE
Henry IX is one of the most interesting monarchs Britain never had.
Where the Bright Young Things escaped from World War II.Oct 29, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 07 • By EDWARD SHORT
Now, wherever we turn, the cry has become incessant: The rich are not doing enough.
Why the author doesn’t like Churchill’s ‘History of the English-Speaking Peoples.’ Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02 • By EDWARD SHORT
Not long ago I was in Boston browsing the stacks of that legendary emporium, the Brattle Book Shop, when I chanced upon Winston Spencer Churchill: Servant of Crown and Commonwealth, a collection of tributes to the parliamentarian, war leader, historian, and wit, which his longstanding English publisher Cassell brought out in 1954 to celebrate the great man’s 80th birthday.
The royal consort as hero.Feb 13, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 21 • By TRACY LEE SIMMONS
Last April’s wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, ubiquitously covered from Westminster Abbey by every medium from satellite to iPhone, served up a reminder that even we in this constitutional republic, where all are equal, can always be counted on to get caught up with the lives of those who are a good deal more equal than others.
How and why the Jews have thrived in England. Dec 12, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 13 • By DANIEL JOHNSON
In the last words of this book, the author quotes her brother Milton Himmelfarb in one of his last essays: “Hope is a Jewish virtue.” Nobody embodies that virtue more felicitously than Gertrude Himmelfarb, who over a long and fruitful life of scholarship has given hope to all who have encountered her, whether in person or in print.
The American Civil War from the vantage point of London.Oct 17, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 05 • By JONATHAN LEAF
Mark Twain once said that it was more interesting to talk to Civil War veterans about battles than to chat with poets about the moon as the versifiers had not ordinarily been to the moon.
It’s not easy reducing the phenomenon of Viscount Palmerston to words. Sep 26, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 02 • By BARTON SWAIM
"David Brown’s multi-faceted Palmerston,” says a blurb on the back of this volume, “in its archival mastery, scope and insight, outdistances any other.” I thought I detected a note of ambiguity in that verb “outdistances,” and I was right. Brown knows everything it’s humanly possible to know about his subject, and he has documented that knowledge in well over 2,000 endnotes.
Hidden lives, fatal passion, in genteel England.Sep 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 01 • By SARA LODGE
Biography is a form of love affair, the more intense because it can never be consummated. Like lovers, biographers rifle through their subjects’ letters and diaries for evidence of the absent one’s activities and affections. They guard their subject’s reputation and become jealous of rivals. They profess to interpret, to comprehend, to promote, but they requite the years that they devote to their chosen figure of fascination by exercising the power of life or death over them, the right to immortalize or to dissect.
4:22 PM, Aug 15, 2011 • By DINA GOLD
Last week there were four nights of rioting in London and other English towns and cities. I was shocked, but not surprised. The sense of incipient violence and a breakdown of society were high on my list of reasons why I left London and immigrated to the United States three years ago.
2:33 PM, May 7, 2011 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
The news has flown a bit under the radar here in the United States, for understandable reasons; but the results earlier this week of the Scottish parliament elections are historic. Whether this is good or bad history, of course, remains to be seen. For the first time, and much against the odds and recent opinion polls, Alex Salmond's Scottish Nationalist Party has won an absolute majority in the Edinburgh parliament--something that the Hollyrood system was designed to prevent, and which now puts the future of the United Kingdom itself in jeopardy. Let me explain.