Why their stances on military power reflect differing attitudes to America’s role in the world. Reviews by Gideon Rachman
In Rio, records will fall and reputations will be made. But are the Olympics losing their ability to inspire?
Poor whites have long been derided and disenfranchised in their own country — as have their black counterparts. So why can’t they find common ground?
2016 and all that — Margaret MacMillan on why the UK’s history cannot be disentangled from that of its continental neighbours
A century on, historians are beginning to unpick the mythology of the battle
Philip Augar on three books that question the institutions at the heart of the financial system
We now have instant access to almost any song. Could our tastes be narrowing as a result?
Four centuries after Cervantes’ death, we can see the novel as a response to a media revolution that in some ways mirrors our own
As Britain prepares to vote on EU membership, both friends and enemies of the project agree that it is in trouble
We are producing more knowledge than ever before but preserving only a fraction of it. How much will be left for future generations?