Rodric Braithwaite

General de Gaulle says ‘Non’. Credit: Getty Images

When the Grand Design met ‘le Grand Non’: Britain in the early 1960s

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Peter Hennessy is a national treasure. He is driven by a romantic, almost sensual, fascination with British history, culture, and…

Of course Russians have a sense of humour – just look at the Salisbury ‘tourists’

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The comedy of Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, the two glum Russian ‘tourists’ who denied on television that they were…

Now you see him, now you don’t: Nikolai Yezhov, nicknamed ‘the poison dwarf’, who as head of the NKVD presided over mass arrests and executions at the height of the Great Purge, was airbrushed from Soviet history after his own execution in 1940

The spying game: when has espionage changed the course of history?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Espionage, Christopher Andrew reminds us, is the second oldest profession. The two converged when Moses’s successor Joshua sent a couple…