war

Has Olivia Manning’s ‘Fortunes of War’ Finally Found Its Moment?

Has Olivia Manning’s ‘Fortunes of War’ Finally Found Its Moment?

The Ukrainian war has made Manning’s writing more relevant now than at any time since it was written.

Robin Ashenden
Robin Ashenden
11 min read
Art and Culture
The End of War Poetry

The End of War Poetry

Among literary forms, war poetry is unusual for having enjoyed a universally acknowledged and tightly defined golden age.

Simon Evans
Simon Evans
9 min read
Art and Culture
Vladimir Putin’s Medieval Mindset

Vladimir Putin’s Medieval Mindset

In 1338, the story has it, a notorious French exile named Robert of Artois strutted into the London palace of King Edward III, bearing a stuffed heron on a silver platter. “Clear the way, you miserable failures,” he said to the assembled lords. “I have a heron … the most cowardly

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
4 min read
History
Europe’s Big Bang: How Gunpowder Transformed the Medieval World

Europe’s Big Bang: How Gunpowder Transformed the Medieval World

Philip the Bold, duke of Burgundy, was a warrior’s warrior. Hawk-nosed, ambitious, and brash, Philip had been a soldier since childhood. He was still a smooth-faced boy of 14 when he fought alongside his father, King John II of France, in the battle of Poitiers in 1356. Like King

Paul Lockhart
Paul Lockhart
16 min read
History
The Iraq War Was Not About Oil

The Iraq War Was Not About Oil

Why did the U.S.-led coalition attack Iraq in 2003? Sixteen years after George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech, the answer seems obvious to some: oil of course! When war was waged, this was the widespread view in Jordan (71 percent), Morocco (63 percent), Pakistan (54 percent), Turkey

Tal Tyagi
Tal Tyagi
9 min read
foreign policy