World War II

The case of the art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt provides illuminating insights into the German character

Though intensely critical of “vulgar” Nazism, Martin Heidegger’s Black Notebooks reveal a vision poisoned by romantic nationalism

Peace and sound money are the two necessary and sufficient requisites for prosperity. This makes Sir Robert Peel a great hero of Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng’s book. Sir Robert, who was instrumental in returning the United Kingdom to the gold standard in 1821, also believed in a balanced budget and introduced the Bank Charter Act of 1844. These remained the pillars of British finance until 1914, coinciding with a period of tremendous economic success and improvement in living standards and life expectancy. 

Novelist Nicholas Shakespeare’s biography of his aunt is a compelling look at everyday life in occupied France

A new volume of reports by the Frankfurt School shows their number to be at best naive and at worst dangerously misinformed

Cruel Crossing charts the history of the escape routes in the Pyrenees used by Spanish republican, then French Jewish refugees. It is a thoughtful memorial to these brave and desperate people

A new history of the Krupps and their firm is a reminder of their murky wartime record.

Book review of The Wartime Journals by Hugh Trevor-Roper; edited by Richard Davenport-Hines

Book review of All Souls and the Wider World edited by S.J.D. Green and Peregrine Horden

Evelyn Waugh said that WWII would serve writers well, replenishing their stocks of experience. But several works borne out of the war were masterpieces of literature