Colonialism

Cold War spying had much in common with the colonial era

29 June 2024 9:00 am

Influenced by Kipling’s Kim, early CIA officers combined a love of overseas adventure with a whiff of imperial paranoia, says Hugh Wilford

Beguiling: Yinka Shonibare, at the Serpentine Galleries, reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

More than seven centuries ago, the medieval cartographer Richard of Haldingham created Hereford Cathedral’s Mappa Mundi; I say ‘created’ because…

Is the C of E about to say sorry for Christianity?

16 March 2024 9:00 am

Is the Church of England going to apologise for Christianity? A report by something called the Oversight Group has declared…

The problem with westerners seeking oriental enlightenment

27 January 2024 9:00 am

Those chasing after blissful satori never seem interested in the people who actually live in Asia. They want to float in higher spheres

A treatise on greed: The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff reviewed

16 September 2023 9:00 am

The American author turns her attention to colonial injustice in a tale about a servant girl who flees a blighted English settlement in 17th-century Jamestown

Our great art institutions have reduced British history to a scrapheap of shame

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Calvin Po laments the pious distortions of history at two of Britain’s best-known galleries

Our academics are attacking the whole concept of knowledge

12 August 2023 9:00 am

The decolonisers in Britain’s universities are not just trying to defend their views. They are seeking to upend the free market in ideas by imposing them, says Doug Stokes

From revolutionary Paris to the moon

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Thirlwell’s protagonist Celine flees malicious gossip in revolutionary France to ponder on sisterly solidarity, patriarchal violence, motherhood, colonialism and slavery

Not all Americans are so crass

17 September 2022 9:00 am

In the face of American snark about the Queen’s death, many a British newspaper reader was disgusted. With bad tidings…

The lost world of the Karoo

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Julia Blackburn’s Dreaming the Karoo is the diary of a very bad year: from March 2020, when a research trip…

We let Hong Kong down: Chris Patten on the end of colonial rule

25 June 2022 9:00 am

After 13 years in parliament, rising star Chris Patten had the bad luck to be one of the few Tory…

Travels in time and space: Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St. John Mandel, reviewed

21 May 2022 9:00 am

It’s a bold writer who confronts a major historical moment such as a pandemic before it’s over, but Emily St.…

Were old children’s history books racist?

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Are children’s history books racist?

Broken Trust: the crisis at the heart of the National Trust

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The National Trust now has the chance to return to its roots

Tony Sewell’s race report critics are guilty of gaslighting

4 April 2021 8:07 pm

The Sewell Report on Race and Ethnic Disparities is courageous, thoughtful and measured. Its relative optimism has triggered a torrent…

Who volunteers to be lectured by children?

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The screenwriter Russell T. Davies has said that only gay actors should be cast in gay parts, believing this leads…

It isn’t always easy to give money away

3 October 2020 9:00 am

I always felt sorry for my father, then president of a chronically strapped educational institution, for having ceaselessly to approach…

The National Trust’s shameful manifesto

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The National Trust has brought out its ‘Interim Report’, with the clumsy title ‘Addressing our histories of colonialism and historic…

Sebastian Faulks (Rex Features)

Hoping to find happiness: Paris Echo, by Sebastian Faulks, reviewed

8 September 2018 9:00 am

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a serious novel must be in want of a theme. Paris Echo soon…

Playing it safe

5 October 2017 2:00 pm

BBC1’s latest Sunday-night drama The Last Post, about a British military base in Aden in 1965, feels like a programme…

Les Blancs at the Olivier is good-ish, but it won't be a classic

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Les Blancs had a troubled birth. In 1965 several unfinished drafts of the play were entrusted by its dying author,…

Charles Moore’s Notes: cheap trickery in the Economist’s assisted dying campaign

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Because, it says, of its ‘liberal values and respect for human dignity’, the Economist has put out a film about…

The greatest surprise about Nigeria at 100 is that it exists at all

17 October 2015 8:00 am

A giant was born in 1914, an African giant. The same year European powers set about each other in the…

‘Doorways to the unknown’: Clive James’s Latest Readings

22 August 2015 9:00 am

In the preface to his great collection of essays The Dyer’s Hand, W.H. Auden claimed: ‘I prefer a critic’s notebooks…