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Bernard Porter

A study of British imperial history, without the usual hang-ups.

The ‘British Empire’ was the name given by imperialists in the late 19th century to Britain’s territorial possessions. It was meant to create an image of unity and strength. But such a view is illusory, argues Bernard Porter.

Disentangling the distinctive contribution made by Scotland to the British Empire.

If people are what they eat, Winston Churchill was plain cooking, whisky, champagne and the best Havana cigar smoke; and all that these might be taken to imply.

Bernard Porter reviews Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon's account of the violence that accompanied Britain's decolonisation after the Second World War.

A mid-Victorian competition to design new Government Offices in Whitehall fell victim to a battle between the competing styles of Gothic and Classical. The result proved unworthy of a nation then at its imperial zenith, as Bernard Porter explains.

Bernard Porter reviews two books on empire and colonialism.

Bernard Porter reviews the field of studies of British covert operations and espionage.

Bernard Porter says that today’s advocates of humanitarian intervention would do well to ponder what J. A. Hobson and Ramsay MacDonald had to say a century ago about the dangers of liberal imperialism.

Bernard Porter argues that history and patriotism should be kept firmly apart.

Bernard Porter is unconvinced by American denials of a new imperialism and finds comparisons – as well as important differences – with the British experience.

Bernard Porter argues that, through most of the nineteenth century, most Britons knew little and cared less about the spread of the Empire.

Bernard Porter points out similarities and contrasts between terrorism then and now.

Bernard Porter argues that the 'End of Empire' unravelled British domestic politics as well as her international outlook.

Bernard Porter looks at the Victorian capitalist who made his fortune from dealing in weapons of war and constructed a Northumberland haven with the proceeds.

Bernard Porter on espionage, past and present.

Bernard Porter looks into Britain’s line over terrorism during the nineteenth century.

Bernard Porter suggests that this is fast becoming the age of the spurious historical parallel.

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