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British Identity: The Empire’s Spectacle

, 22 September 2022
The mourning of the Queen’s death has been, largely unconsciously, a nation in a state of 'appearing', writes Joe Haward

Putin’s Real War and His War of Words

, 16 September 2022
Sian Norris considers Martha Gellhorn's classic 1966 examination of propaganda, Real War And War Of Words, and updates it for Putin's invasion of Ukraine

‘Out of the Picture: After the Queen’s Death, Will Britain Finally Confront Itself?’

, 15 September 2022
Britain has hidden a key part of our story from ourselves. With the Queen’s death marking a decisive shift, it’s time for us all to start building a better picture of our country and its past, writes Hardeep Matharu

‘Queen Elizabeth II: Symbolically Potent, Politically Powerless’

, 9 September 2022
Anthony Barnett reflects on the passing of the ‘New Elizabethan Age’ and how sovereignty and monarchy have moved apart

The Identity Trap: Race, Representation and the Rise of Conservative Diversity

, 11 August 2022
Rishi Sunak is in the running to be Britain’s first prime minister of colour – but the debate around whether this will be a good thing for ethnic minorities has laid bare conflicting ideas about the 'individual' and the 'collective', writes Hardeep Matharu

The Upside Down: Breaking the Frame of History

, 9 August 2022
John Mitchinson lifts the lid on why the Luddites weren’t really ‘Luddite’

The Upside Down: Themself Alone

, 12 July 2022
John Mitchinson explores a surprisingly modern role model from the backstreets of Jacobean London

‘Mr Jones’ Review: A Timely If Flawed Watch on the Ukrainian Holodomor

, 17 June 2022
As another Russian dictator uses Ukrainian grain as a weapon of war, this 2020 historical thriller is worth a watch, writes Ellin Stein

Resting Place: Marking My Grandmother’s Grave Helped Me Find My European Identity

, 6 June 2022
Patrick Howse shares the story of three generations of his family – a tale of loss, discovery, conflict and plural identities

The Upside Down: We Won’t Bow Down – What I Learned in New Orleans

, 20 May 2022
John Mitchinson reflects on his latest trip to the ‘Big Easy’

The Upside Down: Where Is the Man? The Many Lives of Pontius Pilate

, 14 April 2022
John Mitchinson explores the enduring fascination with the man who was asked to send Jesus to his death

Backwards Britain: Having Rejected a European Future, We Can Only Hark Back to an Imperial Past

, 5 April 2022
Hardeep Matharu explores how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has exposed the UK's perilous retreat – at a time when collaboration and a new vision of itself is required to navigate the dangerous realities of a changing world

The Upside Down: Let Them Eat Nothing

, 18 March 2022
John Mitchinson explores how the horrors of the Holodomor still underpin Ukrainian identity

The Upside Down: Kissing Cousins – Why Learning About Neanderthals Teaches Us More About Ourselves

, 18 February 2022
John Mitchinson explores why our closest cousins were wrongly defamed as boorish, rude stupid louts

Opening Our Eyes to the Cost of Empire: Why We Must Demand the Return of Nigeria’s Benin Bronzes

, 16 February 2022
Paddy Docherty explains how research for his book on the 1897 invasion of the Kingdom of Benin left him ashamed – an emotion he believes must be converted into action

‘Life Unworthy of Life’: The Lessons of T4

, 28 December 2021

Hope Soars Eternal: The Nebra Sky Disk

, 10 December 2021

The Upside Down: The Appeal of Hibernation

, 12 November 2021

Colonial Amnesia: The Forgotten Victims of Transportation

, 11 November 2021

A War Christmas: What Exactly Are We Remembering?

, 11 November 2021

At the Crossroads of Freedom

, 29 October 2021

Reconsidering the Counterculture

, 7 September 2021

Fake History: The New Brexiter Great Crusade

, 7 September 2021

The Long 1980s

, 6 August 2021

Englishness Evolves

, 14 July 2021

The Upside Down: Let Them Eat Bread

, 13 July 2021
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