Christopher Columbus

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Is this the end of history?

29 June 2020 5:04 am

Midway through Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, there occurs this exchange between two characters: ‘“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill…

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Do we erase Black history when we take down statues?

27 June 2020 6:30 am

The Summer Of Our Discontent is in full swing and the social guillotines — at first applied to legitimate injustice…

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Self-righteous vandals

22 June 2020 12:47 am

Violent left-wing activists have taken to styling themselves as antifa, short for ‘anti-fascists’, though their street-fighting tactics resemble nothing so…

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The war of the statues is a battle for freedom

11 June 2020 2:36 am

The war of the statues is no longer a battle over the memory of slavery, or the Confederacy, or the…

Sneer of cold command: Velázquez’s portrait of the Count-Duke of Olivares, Philip IV’s ‘Ozymandias-like vizier’ (detail)

Spain’s golden age — with a silver lining

18 July 2015 9:00 am

As every schoolboy knows, ‘the empire on which the sun never set’ was British, and ‘blue-blooded’ was a phrase applied…