To consider how different the world would be if Louis XVI's flight to Varennes had not ended in farce in 1791, is to recognise how a chance encounter can send human affairs careering off in one...
Pauline Neville-Jones, Britain's chief negotiator at Dayton, on why the Bosnian intervention provides so many examples of what not to do
Choice is the essence of modern democracy. But do we have as much as we imagine? Can more choice mean less? David Lipsey assesses the costs and limits of choice in consumption and welfare
Jeremy Clarke goes to his first AA meeting, eats a banana and keeps quiet
Is the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations as good as it claims? Nicolas Walter says that its revised fourth edition is still unable to distinguish between the essential, the pointless and the dubious
Since 1961 the amount of time parents spend looking after children has doubled. Contrary to expectation, says Jonathan Gershuny, full time working mothers spend more time on childcare in 1995 than...