Jay Elwes

Shock and awe — what should we make of our Viking ancestors?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

In June 793, a raiding force arrived by boat at the island monastery of Lindisfarne, on the Northumbrian coast. The…

Disrupting the world — from a small bedroom in Hounslow

23 May 2020 9:00 am

On 6 May 2010 the eurozone crisis was tearing through the continent. Greece was bankrupt, and it looked as though…

Much-hyped technological innovation isn’t necessarily progress

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Modern advances in communication technology, computer power and medical science can sometimes be so startling as to seem almost like…

The nightmare of Okinawa made Truman decide to use the atom bomb

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The US operation of 1945 to take the island of Okinawa was the largest battle of the Pacific during the…

Why were Kraftwerk such a colossal success?

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Everything about Kraftwerk was odd. They had no front man, they seemed to play no instruments and their strange, electronic…

Liberty depends on a delicate balance between state and society

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Liberty is a fragile thing. For thousands of years, civilisations have risen, flourished and fallen, and most of them have…

Klaus Fuchs after his release from prison in 1959

How Klaus Fuchs’s treachery may have averted Armageddon

27 July 2019 9:00 am

When Klaus Fuchs started passing atomic secrets to the KGB, he changed the course of world events. Forget about Philby…