From The Archives

The mischief of Bolshevism

20 January 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The Bolshevik negotiations with Germany’, 19 January 1918: We think that the fact is fairly emerging from the negotiations…

Don’t damn the ancients for failing to give women the vote

6 January 2018 9:00 am

From The Spectator, 2 January 1847: The New Year opens for England with heavy clouds in the sky, but with…

When heroes come home to be husbands again

2 December 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Comrades of the great war’, The Spectator, 1 December 1917: Eventually all will be over, even the shouting; and…

Revenues past

25 November 2017 9:00 am

From 12 July 1828: The Chancellor made his financial statement on Friday, in a style of candour and clearness which…

Always a dull moment

7 October 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Perfect peace’ by Christopher Hollis, 21 October 1960: In Mr Terence Rattigan’s The Final Test, an English spectator of…

The nerves of the enemy

30 September 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The progress in Flanders’, 29 September 1917: The fighting has reached a degree of intensity never before known. There…

From the archive: Russia’s revolutionary soul

8 July 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The Russian awakening’, 6 July 1917: M. Kerensky, the Russian Minister of War, has kept his word. He promised…

The potato’s finest hour

10 June 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Our friends the vegetables’, 9 June 1917. The food shortage, and the consequent necessity of planting every available space with…

Our flying machines

3 June 2017 9:00 am

From ‘News of the week’, The Spectator, 2 June 1917: There has been a lull on the Western front. It…

A brave new world

20 May 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The New Reform Bill’, The Spectator, 19 May 1917: Though we used to be opposed to the suffrage for women,…

The lay of the land

13 May 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Schoolboy labour’, The Spectator, 12 May 1917: Work on the land, even though the time be stolen from books,…

Let them eat hay

22 April 2017 9:00 am

From ‘What ails the House of Commons?’, 21 April 1917: Theoretically no horses kept for pleasure or sport ought to…

The Spectator’s plan for women’s suffrage, 1917

1 April 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The golden opportunity’, 31 March 1917: The proposal not to give women votes till they are 26 might well be modified by…

Red dawn: Lenin demands revolution, April 1917

March 1917: Russians are proving themselves worthy of self-government

25 March 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The Russian revolution’, 24 March 1917: Even now, though the Revolution is young, the Russians have proved that they are fit…

‘The worst fault any military plan can have’: on the Dardanelles debacle

18 March 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The Dardanelles report’, 17 March 1917: The plan of the government in the case of the Dardanelles Expedition had…

There’s only one way for America to be safe now – join the war and win

11 March 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The revelation of Germany to the United States’, 10 March 1917: Even if Mr Wilson stops short at his present…

1917: Saving the English village

4 March 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Sir Thomas Acland’s example’, The Spectator, 3 March 1917: In 1912 we discussed the idea — a favourite dream…

1917: The Americans are coming!

25 February 2017 9:00 am

From ‘What will the United States do?’, The Spectator, 24 February 1917: It may be that the congestion of American…

1917: War is no excuse for theft

18 February 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The confiscation of enemy property’, The Spectator, 17 February 1917: It is perfectly possible to remove German influences without…

Britain and American falling out is ‘a thing contrary to Nature’

11 February 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The United States and Britain’, The Spectator, 10 February 1917: It would be easy to write down a hundred…

The Spectator calls for higher taxes, 1917

4 February 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Lenders and taxpayers’, The Spectator, 3 February 1917: As to the general financial soundness of the country there can be…

1917, and Britain doesn’t quite rule the waves

21 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Raiders, submarines and some naval problems’, The Spectator, 20 January 1917: At the moment the enemy’s fleet is compelled to…

The trouble with alliances, 1917

14 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The Rome conference and bonds of alliance’, The Spectator, 13 January 1917: There may be the greatest possible good,…

The Spectator on the killing of Rasputin

7 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 6 January 1917: The war has been crowded with romantic adventures by sea…

From the archive: the destiny of these little islands

31 December 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Engage the enemy more closely!’, The Spectator, 30 December 1916: Britain was never more vigorous than she is now:…