Issue: September 2011

An Exchange: Toepfer and the Holocaust

The debate over whether Oxford university's Hanseatic scholarships were paid for by Nazi profiteering continues. Two eminent academics put forward their cases

Party Lines

Ladies who lunch deplore looting, but when in Rome...

Continental Philosophies

Review of The Appointment by Herta Müller; Perlmann's Silence by Pascal Mercier; and The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Fornication’s Early Years

Review of Rome by Robert Hughes


God Does More Than Make Us Tick

Review of The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning by Jonathan Sacks

Democratic Disenchantment

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

Pevsner’s Monument

Nikolaus Pevsner was the man who catalogued England. His project is well worth another read

Liberated Libya

Libya will not be another Iraq. The doom-mongers in the Western media would be wise to focus on Libya's massive business potential

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"