Techno-hype, the idea that we are living in an age of ever accelerating change, has become part of our mental furniture. David Edgerton says there is surprisingly little evidence for it
Devolution for Scotland will mean the end of a politics distorted by the national question. Peter Jones, of The Economist, says issues will soon have to be discussed on their merits. This might come...
Anglo-Indian fiction experienced a widely celebrated renaissance in the 1980s. Pankaj Mishra regrets its failure to reflect India's rich and varied literary culture
Charles Murray's assertions about the underlcass in Britain do not stand up to scrutiny, says AH Halsey. Social policy should instead focus on how to make citizen's income feasible
In 1992 Chris Patten abandoned the policy of co-operation with China over Hong Kong established by foreign office officials. Percy Cradock, who negotiated the original 1984 agreement with China,...
Markus Wolf, the former east German spy chief, has written a self-serving cook book cum autobiography. Lesley Chamberlain finds it fascinating but morally tasteless
In the 1980s, America's great books courses became a cultural battleground. Stephanie Flanders considers the views of the latest crusader against political correctness
A new generation of Irish intellectuals is exploring the hybrid nature of Irish and British identity. Neal Ascherson finds their views appealing but politically impractical
In Japan it is easy to be misunderstood no matter what language you speak