independence

Zimbabwe’s chaotic history has at least produced some outstanding fiction

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Tsitsi Dangarembga’s arresting Nervous Conditions appeared in 1988 and was the first novel published in English by a black Zimbabwean…

Gandhi strides forth on the Salt March in 1930, protesting against the government’s monopoly of salt production

Gandhi on Hitler: ‘I do not believe him to be as bad as he is portrayed’

13 October 2018 9:00 am

‘It’s a beautiful world if it wasn’t for Gandhi who is really a perfect nuisance,’ Lord Willingdon, Viceroy of India,…

Spanish practices

7 October 2017 9:00 am

In October 1936, on the anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of the New World, a ceremony was held at Salamanca University,…

Passage from India

26 August 2017 9:00 am

It is not fashionable to feel sympathy for the men and women who lived and served in the British colonies…

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…

A Sikh member of the Indian Army Services Corps at Dunkirk, 1940

Britain didn’t fight the second world war — the British empire did

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Had it not been for the empire, Britain might have lost the second world war, says William Dalrymple. The war certainly lost Britain the empire

Reasons for feeling Scottish

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Sometimes I say I’m Scottish, a claim often greeted with understandable derision. I was born in England, in Hertfordshire, went…

Can the Scots really be as small-minded, mistrustful and chippy as Spoiling suggests?

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Referendum fever reaches Stratford East. Spoiling, by John McCann, takes us into the corridors of power in Holyrood shortly after…

Time for the King of Spain to save his country again

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Might there ever be in this century, anywhere in Europe, a case for serious political interference by an hereditary monarch?…

David Cameron is betraying Scotland's Unionists

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Cameron is betraying Scotland’s Unionists