The last sacred kings
The veneration which surrounds the world’s last sacred kings shows how secular most of political life has become
Why nation-states are good
The nation-state remains the best foundation for capitalism, and hyper-globalisation risks destroying it
Not just American or British, the Anglo-Saxon is a mirror to Frenchness: the country’s alter-ego and most feared enemy
The Irish diaspora
There are 70 million people around the world who claim Irish ancestry. What shaped and made the great Irish emigration?
Return of the city-state
Nation-states came late to history, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest they won’t make it to the end of the century
The herd instinct
Sigmund Freud, 1921
Return of the grotesque
The postmodern carnival has arrived, and there are good reasons to prefer François Rabelais’s version
The bloodstained leveller
Throughout history, plagues and wars have left greater equality in their wake. Can we get there again without violence?
The scalp from Sand Creek
Even after museums return human remains pillaged from a massacre in 1864, can repatriation heal the wounds of history?
First impressions count
A judgment of competence is made in a tenth of a second on the basis of facial features. Thus political decisions are made
Why the Tudors still rule
The Tudors are always good box office, but their melodramatic lives distract from a much deeper legacy of civic nationhood