Treat people as citizens
How a generation of political thinkers has underestimated the abilities of ordinary people and undermined democracy
The battlefield is dead
The traditional arena of war is no more. Will it give way to a perpetual continuum of military and paramilitary violence?
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
Spoiling for a fight
Short of a battlefield, the most violent place in medieval England was Oxford. Why did Brits stop beating each other up?
Self-marriage promises love and fulfilment – but is it a radical act or a depressing concession to self-absorption?
Not just American or British, the Anglo-Saxon is a mirror to Frenchness: the country’s alter-ego and most feared enemy
Don’t look away
Photography came of age amid the wars and atrocities, as well as the humanitarian aspirations, of the modern world
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