Lesley Chamberlain

Simmel’s selfie

Georg Simmel was prescient: he realised that the freedom to pose as who we like helps in high-pressure mass societies

Muscovite Manners

Teaching etiquette in the modern world

Father of Russia’s Conservatism

Putin's ideology can be traced back to Sergey Uvarov

German Victorians Who Helped Transform Britain

Prince Albert’s compatriots were the largest immigrant community in London. Their cultural legacy is still visible across the capital

From Art as Life to Blood and Soil

'While between 1895 and 1945 the German debate over how to be modern resulted in a global killing-field, a group of artists in Worpswede set down their visions for a 20th century of artistic sensibility and material living'

The Philosopher’s Home from Home

Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Norwegian retreat no longer exists, but his presence among the fjords is still felt 60 years after his death

Bloomsbury’s Teenage Terrorist

What drives young men to be violent? The case of David Garnett, later darling of literary London, anticipated today's extremists

Romanticising Rosa

The Left must abstain from lionizing the life and work of the Polish-born German Marxist martyr, Rosa Luxemburg

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"