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  • The changing face of the Republican Party

    The contrast between Abraham Lincoln and presidential candidate Donald Trump could hardly be more striking. Yet both men can be placed within the continually evolving politics of the Grand Old Party, argues Tim Stanley.

  • Scottish Castles: Towers of Power

    The castles of Scotland are tangible evidence of the country’s evolution from violent feudalism towards a more settled and centralised nation state. David C. Weinczok explores a land of hill forts, towerhouses and châteaux. 

  • Donald Trump and the Election of 1800

    Many have drawn parallels between Donald Trump and Aaron Burr, who Alexander Hamilton described as ‘one of the most unprincipled men in the United States’. But a more useful, if surprising, comparison might be drawn with Thomas Jefferson.

  • The Republic of Broken Dreams

    Since the revolution, French history has been marked by moments that promise progress but end in bitter failure. The election of the Popular Front in 1936 was one such example, says Jonathan Fenby.

  • No More Champagne: Churchill and his Money

    In January 1898, Winston Churchill returned to Bangalore to troubling news. His mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, had to restructure her finances...

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