World History

Eulogy for Nigger

First published in 2007, reworked in 2008 and again in 2014, the essay has always carried the provocative title above – given by its writer David Bradley – though it has seldom been used verbatim. However, says the author, by such apparent reluctance to offend, people collude in the very wrongs he wants to right: the glossing-over of prejudice, and the denial of a distinct American ‘Nigger’ experience. This week, Notting Hill Editions awarded the eulogy its biennial £20,000 Essay Prize and published it in a new anthology. In acknowledgment and appreciation, we republish it here

Hiroshima and the danger of nuclear weapons: A glimpse of what might

During the Second World War, the United States Army Air Forces destroyed dozens of Japanese cities with firebombs, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians. The Japanese military behaved even more cruelly. It was responsible for the deaths of anywhere from 10 to 30 million civilians throughout Asia. As the historian John Dower has noted, the war in the Far East was truly a "war without mercy".