Philip Mansel

A prince among men: could Albert have changed the course of history?

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Double identities have never been rare: Norman French conquered England. Anglo Irish led its armies to victory. German Jews helped…

‘Arise Hungarians, your country calls you!’ The poet Sandor Petofi declaims the famous ‘Talpra Magyar’ on 15 March 1848. Lajos Kossuth stands to the right

Hungary is being led once again down a dangerous nationalistic path

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Norman Stone has already written, with a brilliant blend of humour, understanding and scepticism, histories of the Eastern Front, Turkey,…

Frederick strolls with Voltaire through the palace of Sans-Souci

Atheist and gay, Frederick the Great was more radical than most leaders today

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Reacquaintance with Germany is long overdue for most English people. Before 1914 it was at least as familiar as France…

He who must be obeyed: portrait of the Kaiser by Ferdinand Keller, 1893

Kaiser Wilhelm's guide to ruining a country

2 August 2014 9:00 am

The role of personality in politics is the theme of this awe-inspiring biography. This is the third volume, 1,562 pages…