Tony Benn, the great conjuror

The Labour politician turned radical in mid-career and ended up a revered figure. His remarkable story can also reveal Britain to itself, says David Hayes

08 Apr 14 | Comments (0)

Between pernicious nationalism and watery liberalism

In her latest book political philosopher Martha Nussbaum looks at what drives people apart and how we can bridge those divides, writes Janna Thompson

25 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Red in tooth and claw

Politics is hard and democracy is messy. Brett Evans reviews two new books that help explain why it doesn’t all end in disaster

21 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Italy’s best-known comedian meets the ghost of Mussolini

Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement made stunning gains at Italy’s last election, writes James Panichi. But as the controversy over its guiding philosophy continues, the new prime minister sees an opportunity rather than a threat

18 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Picnics and politics

Chinese-Australian community leaders created a new perception of the Chinese in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, writes Kate Bagnall

24 Jan 14 | Comments (2)

Cold war, soft diplomacy

As the Cold War intensified in the mid fifties, Australia saw a special role for itself in disseminating information and propaganda in Southeast Asia, writes Alan Fewster

14 Jan 14 | Comments (2)

A different kind of war

Kay Saunders reviews Joan Beaumont’s account of Australia’s first world war

08 Jan 14 | Comments (3)

Very like, and very unlike

As two Australian books show, the European Enlightenment rested partly on a global traffic of persons between widely separated spaces, writes Tim Rowse

17 Dec 13 | Comments (0)