Laura - December 8th, 2016
Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs: 1613-1918 has shared some of his favourite books with us, for some Christmas gifting inspiration!
Laura - July 7th, 2016
What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until – finally – renewal and retribution. Even at the darkest moments of Occupation, glamour was ever present. French women wore lipstick. It was women who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis – perhaps selling them their clothes or travelling alongside them on the Metro, where a German soldier had priority over seats. By looking at a wide range of individuals from collaborators…
Laura - May 31st, 2016
Parag Khanna is a senior fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School, and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE). His new book is Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution (Orion Books).
The most powerful political force of our age is devolution. Since World War II, the number of independent states has nearly quadrupled from 50 to nearly 200. European empires, the Soviet Union, and the former Yugoslavia all split into dozens of independent states. From East Timor to South Sudan–not to mention Kurdistan and Palestine–the jackhammer of devolution continues its assault on sovereign unity. Not only is devolution a more universal aspiration than democracy, but as Scotland and Catalunya aptly demonstrate, democracy serves only to fuel devolution: When given the choice, cities and provinces are gravitating towards more autonomy and local self-rule.