Edward Gibbon

The Decline and Fall author has a worthy successor

Historical awareness is no longer seen as the cornerstone of a good education. We are falling victim to cultural amnesia

The pessimists are lining up to announce the fall of the West and above all of the US. But the Americans will prove them wrong

Hugh Trevor Roper was the greatest historical stylist of the 20th century. Yet he never produced a masterpiece to rival that of his great hero and predecessor, Edward Gibbon