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Modern paganism is an invented tradition, says Tim Stanley. So why is the Church of England offering it a helping hand?

Tim Stanley draws parallels between a New York gang war of the 1900s and an act of horrific violence in south London.

When major political figures die, history is put on hold and the simplicities of myth take over, argues Tim Stanley.

The Whig interpretation of the past is a moral fable more akin to theology than history, argues Tim Stanley.

We downplay terrible acts from the distant past, in a way that we never would when considering more recent crimes, says Tim Stanley.

Postwar Britain’s relationship with its past was laid bare in a long-running television show, argues Tim Stanley.

Who is and who is not an American? The question goes back to the Revolution. The answer is always changing, says Tim Stanley.

In challenging times Britons seek comfort in a past that never existed. Tim Stanley shatters their illusions.

While it is right to seek justice for those tortured and mistreated during the Kenyan Emergency of the 1950s, attempts to portray the conflict as a Manichean one are far too simplistic, argues Tim Stanley.

King Leopold II’s personal rule of the vast Congo Free State anticipated the horrors of the 20th century, argues Tim Stanley.

Modern secularists often paint a naive view of the medieval church. The reality was far more complex, argues Tim Stanley.

The legacy of the Great Helmsman is the source of bitter conflict over China’s future direction, argues Tim Stanley.

Given the state of academic life today, we should not be surprised that scholars seek stardom, argues Tim Stanley.

A public spat between a historian and a writer shows why some subject matter deserves special reverence, says Tim Stanley.

The debate on Scottish independence has been dominated by economic arguments, to its detriment, argues Tim Stanley.

Binge drinking is seen as a British disease, but its causes are complex and politicians intrude at their peril, says Tim Stanley.

Barack Obama’s admiration for the progressive Republicanism of Theodore Roosevelt ignores the true nature of both early 20th-century America and the president who embodied it, argues Tim Stanley.

Fundamentalism has become the face of Islam in the West. It was not always so and need not be in the future, says Tim Stanley.

The triumph of liberal democracy was supposed to herald an end to history. But it has returned with a vengeance, says Tim Stanley.

It is the responsibility of parents and politicians to define and pass on a nation's values and identity, argues Tim Stanley. Historians and teachers of history should be left alone to get on with their work.

The academic training that historians undergo qualifies them to speak out on issues beyond their remit, argues Tim Stanley.

There is nothing new or exceptional about the recent English riots and they will have little long-term impact, argues Tim Stanley.

The American Civil War was not a simple struggle between slaveholders and abolitionists, argues Tim Stanley.

History tells us that the West’s embrace of liberal values was not inevitable and is unlikely to last, says Tim Stanley.

It is a deeply unfashionable thing to ask, says Tim Stanley, but might a nation's history be affected by the character of its people?

The desire of western governments, most notably those of Britain, to apologise for the actions of their predecessors threatens to simplify the complexities of history, argues Tim Stanley.

The Victorian era was an age of faith – which is why it was also a golden period of progress, argues Tim Stanley.

Much western commentary on the turmoil in the Arab world demonstrates historical ignorance, argues Tim Stanley.

The death-obsessed and inward-looking Aztec civilisation sowed the seeds of its own destruction, argues Tim Stanley.

As we soak up television dramas that revel in the scandalous personal lives of popes and kings, we are in danger of losing sight of these figures’ real historical importance, argues Tim Stanley.


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