Robert Tombs

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…