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EDITOR'S CHOICE

The philosophe may have laid the egg, but was the bird hatched of a different breed? Maurice Cranston discusses the intellectual origins and development of the French Revolution.

The great political philosopher was born on April 5th, 1588.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

Yvonne Sherratt explores the ways in which Adolf Hitler attempted to appropriate the ideas of some of Germany’s greatest thinkers during his brief incarceration in 1924.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

Graham A. MacDonald reappraises the ideas and impact of the 20th-century political thinker, Michael Oakeshott.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

Frank Prochaska has made a remarkable discovery in the personal library of John Stuart Mill. It proves that Mill not only read the works of his American contemporary, Ralph Waldo Emerson, but was surprisingly harsh in his judgement of him. 

Volume: 63 Issue: 9 2013

Benjamin Zachariah helps to debunk the romantic 'Legend of the Mahatma'.

Issue: 69 2011

‘Complex marriage’, ‘male continence’ and the selection of the perfect partner were all themes propounded by a 19th-century cult in New York State. Clive Foss explores the influence of Plato’s Republic on John Humphrey Noyes and his Perfectionist movement.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

The philosophical writings of the author of War and Peace inspired followers from Moscow to Croydon and led to the creation of a Christian anarchist reform movement. Charlotte Alston examines the activities and influence of Tolstoy’s disciples.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

Lucy Wooding introduces a highly significant, but often much misunderstood, cultural force.

Issue: 64 2009

The natural philosopher and scientist Robert Boyle was revered in his time for his pioneering enquiry into a wide range of natural phenomena.Yet within half a century of his death he was almost forgotten, overshadowed by his contemporary Isaac Newton. Michael Hunter explains why.

Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009
Dietrich Karsten was a Protestant pastor who opposed the Nazi regime in the 1930s but died for Hitler as a soldier in the war. His granddaughter, Lena Karsten, enlisted the help of film-maker Tony Wilson and historian Gabriel Fawcett to find his grave and tell his story. The result is a powerful feature documentary Confessions of a German Soldier. Lena Karsten gives an insight into what she discovered.
Volume: 57 Issue: 12 2007

Christopher J. Walker asks whether the two religions that frequently appear locked in an inevitable clash of civilizations in fact share more than has often been thought.

Volume: 57 Issue: 3 2007

Clive Foss introduces the Kharijites, a radical sect from the first century of Islam based in southern Iraq and Iran, who adopted an extreme interpretation of the Koran, ruthless tactics and opposed hereditary political leadership. After causing centuries of problems to the caliphate, they survive in a quietist form in East Africa and Oman.

Volume: 57 Issue: 12 2007
Michael Hunter, an authority on the natural philosopher Robert Hooke, describes his excitement at the recent discovery of an unknown manuscript in Hooke’s hand. He explains its significance and why every effort should be made to keep it in Britain.
Volume: 56 Issue: 4 2006
2006

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of November 2nd, 1906.

Volume: 56 Issue: 11 2006

Simon Henderson explains the significance of Hans and Sophie Scholl in the history of Nazi Germany.

Issue: 53 2005
Merchant Ivory’s latest film White Countess tells the story of a high-born Russian woman reduced to poverty and prostitution to support her family – refugees of the Bolshevik Revolution – in a Shanghai slum. Fraser Newham investigates the experience of the real White Russians of Shanghai and discovers this scenario to be close to the truth for many exiled Russian women.
Volume: 55 Issue: 12 2005
Mark Goldie traces the ways in which people across the political spectrum have used and abused the ideas of the philosopher who died 300 years ago this month.
Volume: 54 Issue: 10 2004

Robert Pearce introduces one of the most important – and misunderstood – thinkers of the 19th century.

Issue: 48 2004

Michael Robertson tells how a group of lower-middle-class men in late-Victorian England found the American poet an inspiration in their desire to reconcile spirituality, science and socialism.

Volume: 54 Issue: 4 2004

Colin Cook looks at the political, philosophical and cultural impact of the idea of aviation in the first half of the 20th century.

Volume: 53 Issue: 12 2003

Stewart MacDonald introduces the humanist scholar whose writings made him one of the most significant figures of 16th-century Europe.  

Issue: 36 2000

Matthew Christmas has consulted his students on three modern history volumes from a new series.

Issue: 33 1999

Valery Rees looks at the Florentine scholar Marsilio Ficino and finds a man whose work still speaks to us today.

Volume: 49 Issue: 7 1999

Richard Cavendish charts the life and work of Edmund Burke, who died on July 9th, 1797.

Volume: 47 Issue: 7 1997

Valery Rees surveys the life of the ruler who put 15th-century Hungary on the map, both culturally and geographically, but whose efforts may have put an intolerable strain on the body politic.

Volume: 44 Issue: 3 1994

François Hartog on how urban living has coincided with the advocacy of popular rule from Plato through to Machiavelli, Rousseau and 20th-century sociologists.

Volume: 44 Issue: 2 1994

Hugh Brogan nominates Alexis de Tocqueville rather than Karl Marx as a useful guide to the new world order of history in the 90s.

Volume: 41 Issue: 12 1991

Glasgow's role in the Enlightenment is often overshadowed by Edinburgh, but Roy Campbell shows that the impetus came from the West with the pioneering work done in the city from the early years of the eighteenth century. 

Volume: 40 Issue: 5 1990

Charlemagne may have been the first Holy Roman Emperor but what did he do to dispel the 'Dark Ages'? Mary Alberi looks at the work of his leading court intellectual, Alcuin, and how his hopes for a 'New Athens' in the Aachen palace school promoted the Carolingian Renaissance.

Volume: 39 Issue: 9 1989

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