David Abulafia

Distinguished only by his errors

"Many, perhaps most, books about Israel are full of tendentious delusions. This is one of the worst examples"

In Corbyn’s mind, there is no place for the Jews

The anti-Semitism now rampant in Labour’s left-wing ruling elite has deep roots in history — but the party leader has no objection to it

Witty and readable — but mind the gaps

The second instalment of Simon Schama's history of the Jewish people is typically energetic but has some serious failings

Crusades, Spies, And Cruising

The colourful life of Steven Runciman: historian, scholar-diplomat, and possibly spy

Bad King Wenceslas

"Jean-Claude Juncker is not the first Luxembourger to imagine he can dictate the future of Europe"

The Europe Britain Made

Brendan Simms's new book places Britain at the centre of European history in unexpected and stimulating ways

The English Public School: An Apologia

Universities should not impose quotas on privately educated students. It is a crude tool which may exclude those from humble backgrounds

Lucky Jim and La Longue Durée

In a short and ambitious book The History Manifesto, Jo Guldi and David Armitage  explore the human condition and who we will become

Misunderstood For Six Hundred Years

The negative image of Gypsies that persists today is the result of centuries-old xenophobia, misrepresentation and downright fantasy

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"