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Empire

Sugar is not a sweet subject, argues James Walvin. His new book offers a convincing, deep history of this (in)famous product. It is also full of...

The foundations of modern India were laid by the British governor-general, Warren Hastings. But he paid a heavy personal price.

Cromwell’s move on Jamaica transformed Britain’s early empire.

Another history of the Raj invites comparison with its two most distinguished predecessors, Penderel Moon’s The British Conquest &...

In 1700, India, then ruled by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, an autocratic religious zealot, boasted 24.4 per cent of global GDP: a share almost...

Anglo-French relations, often fraught, came to a head in the crucible of the Indian Ocean.

Iran, despite its conquest by the armies of Islam, retained its own Persian language and much of its culture. Khodadad Rezakhani examines the process by which a Zoroastrian empire became part of the Islamic world.  

February 12th, 1817

In the popular imagination, the archetypal British imperialist is the kind of daring young adventurer portrayed in the stories of Rider Haggard and Rudyard Kipling. But, reveals Will Jackson, those who settled the Empire were far more diverse than stereotypes allow.

The notion that  ‘Greed is Good’ was not born in the 1980s, nor even in the 20th century. Frank Trentmann traces the roots of today’s rampant consumer culture to the imperial ambitions of the great European powers.