Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Dismal Perhaps, But Is It A Science?
June 30, 2010

As if there weren’t enough transatlantic rifts already, from the Middle East to the environment, another has opened over economic policy.

Look Who’s Afraid of the Three Lions
June 26, 2010

Some of my earliest memories are of international football matches, between England and Germany among others, like the game this Sunday afternoon. I can’t honestly claim to have seen the famous England 6-3 defeat at the hands of Hungary in 1953, or even to have been more than vaguely aware of it. Much later, my friend A.J. Ayer told me that he had been taken to the game by Arthur Koestler, still enough of a Hungarian to gloat over his native country’s victory. In the following year came the “Miracle of Berne” when those same magical Magyars lost the World Cup final to West Germany.

Oh Brother
June 16, 2010

Two days after the British general election, Alan Watkins died. He was the doyen of London political columnists, after nearly half a century of writing weekly, wisely, and wittily about Parliament, and the Tories (his book, A Conservative Coup, is the best account of the fall of Margaret Thatcher), but, above all, the Labour Party, which he knew intimately.

Scenes from English Life
April 22, 2010

Other historians have treated high politics and the drama of international affairs as their main themes, and set them against a lightly-sketched backg

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