Nigel Jones

Pestminster's return spells trouble for Boris

30 April 2022 12:07 am

Some male MPs behave ‘like animals’. In the wake of the recent spate of bad behaviour among our lords and masters, Attorney…

Putin, Bucha and a tale of two Russias

6 April 2022 4:00 pm

The scenes of butchery and barbarism in the liberated Ukrainian towns of Bucha and Irpin and nearby villages – civilians…

History must at least be readable if we’re to learn anything from it

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Richard Cohen was once one of our foremost book editors as well as being an Olympic sabre champion. Since moving…

How Sunak sunk himself

29 March 2022 10:05 pm

Whatever his myriad faults and foibles, Boris Johnson has the one essential quality that Napoleon demanded of his generals: luck.…

What Ukraine can teach Britain about patriotism

25 March 2022 10:41 pm

I live near the small Sussex seaside town of Selsey. It’s the sort of place that gets right up the…

Is Zelensky’s party crackdown his first mistake?

21 March 2022 11:19 pm

The news that Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has banned eleven opposition parties – including the pro-Russian ‘Opposition – Platform For…

Is Boris channeling Churchill in his response to Russia?

18 March 2022 9:11 pm

Boris Johnson’s hero – apart from himself – is Winston Churchill, who led Britain through the dark valley of World…

Putin's taste for terror is nothing new

13 March 2022 6:00 pm

There is tragically nothing new about the scenes of indiscriminate terror unfolding in Ukraine: bombing and shelling unleashed by Putin’s…

Could a Kremlin assassin get to Putin?

7 March 2022 10:04 pm

Could an assassin kill Putin? Just as the second world war would not have happened without the demonic will and…

Why Ukrainians fear the Russians

25 February 2022 6:16 pm

The Ukrainian word ‘Holodomor’ meaning ‘death by hunger’ is not as well known in the West as the word ‘Holocaust’…

How Putin is following Hitler’s playbook

23 February 2022 6:37 pm

Like many rulers of Russia before him, especially Stalin, Vladimir Putin is a keen student of History. Judging by his…

Get well soon, your Majesty

22 February 2022 12:42 am

The news that the Queen had tested positive for Covid must have sent a shiver of dread down the spines…

Boris vs the Blob: the real reason John Major can't stand the PM

10 February 2022 11:09 pm

The embattled denizens of Downing Street must be quaking in their loafers as another incoming missile streaks in. This one…

Are Tory MPs too 'frit' to bin Boris?

5 February 2022 6:30 pm

Boris Johnson is in the midst of the bleakest period of his premiership, but he can at least nibble on a…

Stalin the intellectual: the dictator cast in a new light

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The link between mass-murdering dictators and the gentle occupation of reading and writing books is a curious one, but it…

Robert Harris on Boris Johnson, cancel culture and rehabilitating Chamberlain

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Nigel Jones talks to the writer Robert Harris about Blair, Johnson and Polanski, cancel culture and his quest to rehabilitate Neville Chamberlain

Any beggar woman was a potential scapegoat during the European witch craze

16 October 2021 9:00 am

In the three centuries between 1450 and 1750 in Europe it is estimated that up to 100,000 women were burned,…

Stalin as puppet master: how Uncle Joe manipulated the West

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Of the two dictators who began the second world war as allied partners in crime but ended it in combat…

A phoenix from the ashes: 17th-century London reborn

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Tragically, the current pandemic lends this sparkling study of London in its most decisive century a grim topicality — for…

How Hitler’s great gamble nearly paid off

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Do we need another wrist-breaking book about Adolf Hitler, the Third Reich and the second world war? Since Ian Kershaw…

A stubborn Conservative PM attempting to negotiate with Germany? Not Theresa May but Neville Chamberlain

13 April 2019 9:00 am

When lists are compiled of our best and worst prime ministers (before the present incumbent), the two main protagonists of…

‘The Sorrows of Boney, or Meditations on the Island of Elba’, published by John Wallis, 15 April 1814

Just a man: Demystifying Napoleon

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Who says that the ‘great man’ theory of history is dead? Following hard on the heels of Andrew Roberts’s magnificent…

Berlin in ruins, 1945

Ian Kershaw recounts Europe’s recovery from WWII – have the good times run their course?

29 September 2018 9:00 am

When I reviewed the first volume of Sir Ian Kershaw’s wrist-breaking history of the last 100 years of Europe, To…

Wilfred Owen’s troubling obsession with young boys

6 January 2018 9:00 am

This year is the centenary of the Armistice to end what Siegfried Sassoon called ‘the world’s worst wound’: the first…

An anti-Stalinist painting of the 1940s shows the tyrant’s face composed of starving Russians, against a backdrop of the Gulag

A decade of famine and purges: the murderous 1930s under Stalin

11 November 2017 9:00 am

He stood five feet seven in his boots — the same height as Napoleon and an inch shorter than Hitler.…