Although Keynes hated his appearance, he was much painted by the Bloomsbury Group, including by Roger Fry (above)

John Maynard Keyes: an abundance of talent that has aroused jealousy and suspicion ever since

28 March 2015 9:00 am

To the 21st-century right, especially in the United States, John Maynard Keynes has become a much-hated figure whose name is…

The politician, Baron Brougham, directing a fire-hose onto gas flames issuing from the mouth of Nelson's former captain, Thomas Cochrane by George Cruikshank Photo: Getty

Filthy commerce: scandals have rocked the City ever since the Napoleonic wars

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The whole idea of capitalism, according to Enlightenment philosophers, was that it created a positive spiral of moral behaviour. ‘Concern…

China's President Xi Jinping and Zambia's President Michael Sata

What are the Chinese up to in Africa?

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Few subjects generate as much angst, or puzzlement, among Western policymakers in Africa as China’s presence on the continent. In…

English economist John Maynard Keynes attends the United Nations International Monetary and Financial Conference at the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire, 1944 Photo: Getty

The opéra bouffe that was the Bretton Woods conference

14 June 2014 8:00 am

There ought to be a comic opera about the Bretton Woods conference — Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face, about Margaret,…

English tea-chests are thrown into Boston harbour, 16 December 1773

A Labour MP defends the Empire – and only quotes Lenin twice

14 June 2014 8:00 am

In a grand history of the British empire — because that is what this book really is —  you might…

Japanese soldiers salute after filling a channel with coffins during a mass burial of tsunami victims Photo: AFP/Getty

Is there a way to live without economic growth? 

18 January 2014 9:00 am

During Japan’s lost decade in the 1990s I found myself handing out rice balls to Tokyo’s homeless on the banks…

It was cheaper to paper a room with banknotes in Weimar Germany than to buy wallpaper

The Downfall of Money, by Frederick Taylor - review

7 September 2013 9:00 am

In Germany in 1923 money was losing its value so fast that the state printing works could not keep up.…


Getting the balance right

26 February 2011 12:00 am

Branko Milanovic is the lead economist at the World Bank’s research department, a professor at the University of Maryland and a grand fromage at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace too.


Spiv on a grand scale

11 September 2010 12:00 am

Apart from his enormous wealth, the only interesting thing about Paul Raymond was his dishonesty, which was relentless and comprehensive, and always gave the game away.


Bank-bashing with a vengeance

3 February 2010 12:00 am

Over the decades of (relative) macroeconomic stab- ility in the second half of the 20th century, profit-seeking com- mercial banks and state-owned central banks worked together to lower the cash-to-asset ratios in the banking industry.

Rural flotsam

21 October 2009 12:00 am

Notwithstanding’s suite of inter- linked stories draws on Louis de Bernière’s memories of the Surrey village (somewhere near Godalming, you infer) where he lived as a boy.

Unamazing insights

21 October 2009 12:00 am

Four years ago, we learn from this book’s jack- et, Malcolm Glad- well ‘was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People’.

Nor all that glisters

6 May 2009 12:00 am

Fool’s Gold, by Gillian Tett

A load of hot air

29 April 2009 12:00 am

A Blueprint for a Safer Planet: How to Manage Climate Change and Create a new Era of Progress and Prosperity, by Nicholas Stern

Back to the future?

29 April 2009 12:00 am

When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies, by Andy Beckett

A predictable guru

22 April 2009 12:00 am

The Storm, by Vince Cable