Katrina Gulliver

Silk-weaving in China. An illustration from a book on the silk industry. Chinese school, 19th century

Stitches in time: The history of the world through the eye of a needle

13 October 2018 9:00 am

I recently read a book in which the author, describing rural life in the early 19th century, casually mentioned clothing…

Campaigners protest against government plans to build huge new windfarms in Wales in 2011. Credit Getty Images

When trendy ideas capture the ruling elite, democracy can go hang

23 June 2018 9:00 am

If social media manipulation has influenced elections, and dark money has influenced our elected representatives, then we are already on…

Are the French right to be obsessed with their Gaulish ancestry?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

This book reminded me of Kurt Andersen’s Fantasyland — but where Andersen thinks only Americans have lost their minds, David…

Did the modern world really begin in 1947?

2 December 2017 9:00 am

I grew up knowing 1947 as the year of my father’s birth, in a black-and-white faraway time. I was told…

Ratings war

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Planning for the ‘war of the future’ is something generals and politicians have been doing for the past 150 years.…

The cornucopia of food advertised by the Empire Marketing Board, 1927‑1933

The fruits of imperialism

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Imagine yourself a middle-class person in England in the 1870s. You sit down to drink a cup of tea while…

‘The Arrival of the Pilgrims Fathers’, 1864, Antonio Gilbert (oil on canvas)

Crossing the pond

8 July 2017 9:00 am

What led a person in 17th-century England to get on a ship bound for the Americas? James Evans attempts to…

Shame and scandal in the American west

22 April 2017 9:00 am

In the early 1920s, while the United States was entering its crazed phase of prohibition and prosperity, a group of…