Nostalgia, poetry and the spirit of England

AE Housman’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’ captures a quintessentially English regret which still resonates today

USA. New York City, NY. 2013. Atlas Anderson looking out window in Brooklyn. Christopher Anderson/ Magnum Photos
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Are parents trying too hard?

How taking a loving step back from our kids’ futures could be more productive

Sculptor Fritz Cremer working on a bust of Karl Marx in 1953
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The value of Karl Marx in today’s world

While Marxism has been redefined for every era, a new history examines the ideas and climate that shaped its founder

The Obama-Clinton divide on foreign policy

Why their stances on military power reflect differing attitudes to America’s role in the world. Reviews by Gideon Rachman

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Golden years

In Rio, records will fall and reputations will be made. But are the Olympics losing their ability to inspire?

Residents of the Brookside Trailer Park in Sonoma, California, two of the subjects of photographer David Waldorf’s 2015 project ‘Life Inside a Trailer Park’
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America’s white backlash

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?

The Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066
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Britain and Europe: the ties that bind

2016 and all that — Margaret MacMillan on why the UK’s history cannot be disentangled from that of its continental neighbours

British reinforcements moving up towards Martinpuich September 1916
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Stories of the Somme

A century on, historians are beginning to unpick the mythology of the battle

Do central banks cause crises?

Philip Augar on three books that question the institutions at the heart of the financial system

Music in the age of the algorithm

We now have instant access to almost any song. Could our tastes be narrowing as a result?