Robert Tombs

History holds far fewer lessons for Brexit than both sides think

17 August 2019 9:00 am

How we love bringing history into our political debates. It may seem strange in a country where so little history…

What Sir Ivan Rogers gets wrong about Brexit

6 July 2019 9:00 am

When so much of the Brexit debate has consisted of slogans and unexamined assertions (‘cliff edges’, ‘crashing out’ and the…

Brexit is about renewal, not just leaving the EU. And there’s no time to waste

15 December 2018 9:00 am

None of us can predict the potential fallout from Brexit, good and bad. What began as a vote of confidence…

Anger? Yes. But in another country, leaving the EU would mean bloodshed

24 November 2018 9:00 am

Did any of us, whatever our opinions, expect the level of blustering indignation that has emerged since the 2016 referendum?…

The sensuous thrill of learning to swim in your sixties

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Sharing a plate of oysters with a three-year-old: where could this be but France, where children are brought up not…

The World Cup has made us proud to be English

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Buying fish at Cambridge market on Sunday, I found myself chatting to the fishmonger about the prospects for England in…

Greatness thrust upon him: General de Gaulle in 1940

It took a long time for de Gaulle to become ‘de Gaulle’

16 June 2018 9:00 am

When General de Gaulle published the first volume of his war memoirs in 1954, he signed only four presentation copies:…

Our great universities are struggling – but not because of Brexit

12 May 2018 9:00 am

British universities have serious problems. The recent strikes protesting against a sudden reduction in pension rights were unusually effective, and…

Brexit suggests we’re on the right side of history

16 December 2017 9:00 am

How nice it would be, in this season of good cheer, to find something hopeful to say. Being a historian,…

Michel Barnier (image: Getty)

Lost in translation

21 October 2017 9:00 am

If Michel Barnier and David Davis, in their regular dialogue of the deaf, seem to be inhabiting different mental universes,…

Down with declinism

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Britain is a strong and wealthy nation. Let’s behave like one

A choice of revolutions

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Is France on the brink of a political revolution? Already, four established candidates for the presidency — two former presidents…

A choice of revolutions

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

Is France on the brink of a political revolution? Already, four established candidates for the presidency — two former presidents…

A choice of revolutions

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

Is France on the brink of a political revolution? Already, four established candidates for the presidency — two former presidents…