Blood and Lies Behind the Iron Curtain

Anne Applebaum's magisterial Iron Curtain tells the largely untold story of Eastern Europe's suppression at the hands of the Soviets after the Second World War

Online Only: The A,B,Cs of Latter-Day Autocracy

Dictatorships may not be lumbering behemoths, but William J Dobson overstates the extent to which authoritarians have changed their ways

Collusion in Curaçao

In 1962 Bobby Fisher claimed "the Russians have fixed world chess". He was certainly paranoid but was proved to be partially right

Bouquets and Barbed Wire

Orlando Figes's Just Send Me the Word conveys the enduring love of a couple whose incarceration in Stalin's gulags couldn't suppress

The Red Roots of Folk Music

Folk music has long been influenced by ultra-Left politics. Yet as the example of composer Cornelius Cardew has shown, even those with Communist sympathies have things to teach us about community music

Democratic Disenchantment

Book review of Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-century Europe by Jan-Werner Müller

Communist Hangover

'Step by step Soviet attitudes had regained the ground they seemed to have lost when the Soviet Union collapsed'

Romanticising Rosa

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

Mao-made Famine

‘People who excuse Mao’s regime should remember that at least 45 million people died in the Great Leap Forward’

Ralph Miliband

A tale of two émigrés: One of whom wanted to subvert the British State, while the other embraced it

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"