Remembering Mary Soames, Churchill's daughter and the grandest of grande dames
On the Use and Abuse of Munich
December 03, 2013
The 1938 conference between Chamberlain and Hitler is misunderstood. And the blowhards who constantly evoke its memory are dangerous.
This Is What Happens When Historians Overuse the Idea of the Network
October 25, 2013
In the so-called “global turn” in contemporary historiography, it has not been enough simply to study the way Western powers have affected the rest of the world. The task has also been to show how the rest of the world affected the West. And it has been a matter of applying, even to quite distant historical periods, the controlling metaphor of the digital age: the “network.” Yet a remarkable amount is absent as well.
Freedom From, Freedom To
May 17, 2013
Yes, you can end a sentence in a preposition.
It's Not You, It's Me: Britain's Nasty Break-Up With Europe
December 04, 2012
The UK's accelerating drift from the EU.
The Battle that Birthed the Middle East
October 19, 2012
A trip to the site of one of the Great War's great disasters.
After Abbottabad: Navy SEALs and American Security
October 19, 2012
What's next for Navy's SEAL Team Six?
Churchill in Print, the Psychology of Occupation, and Starbucks to the Rescue: Today’s TNR Reader
July 27, 2012
Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! If you want to understand Winston Churchill’s defiance, cheekiness, and brilliance, you must turn to his writing. Times Literary Supplement | 11 min (2,767 words) Life at a checkpoint: An exploration of the psychological costs of occupation. Boston Review | 23 min (5,694 words) Another mediocre biography of James Joyce has arrived.
Our Test is Here
July 05, 2012
THE ARRIVAL in the United States of Winston Churchill coincides with bad news. In Libya, Rommel, instead of being routed, as we were led to expect a few weeks ago, has put the British tank forces out of action, captured Tobruk without a struggle, and driven his enemies back on the Egyptian border. Submarine sinkings in the Atlantic, and particularly in the western part of it, instead of coming under control as the comfortable predictions of the navy assured us they would, have markedly increased -- as we write, the radio reports nine sinkings in a single day.
June 23, 2012
IN APRIL 1945, there was a parliamentary by-election in Motherwell, a steel town east of Glasgow and a seemingly safe Labour seat. Since the day almost five years earlier when Winston Churchill formed the great all-party government that waged and won the war, there had been a “party truce.” Special elections had been uncontested among the coalition partners (Tory, Labour, and Liberals), though that didn’t stop independents or downright cranks from running—and sometimes winning.