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The Shanghai Race Club

Though horse racing was a symbol of British colonialism, it became a surprisingly inclusive pastime in China’s major International Settlement. 

Before Empire

In its earliest days, the East India Company was seen not as a threat to Asia’s elites, but as a means of strengthening their powers.

Why Study the Past?

History can teach, inspire, warn, include and exclude; its uses change to fit the present moment.

The Last Sikh Queen

The ambitious Sikh queen Jind Kaur faced division among her subjects and the might of the British Empire. 

The First Blind Medical Trials

Cures and treatments have always offered potential riches to their inventors. But how was one supposed to know what worked and what didn’t? 

Frankenstein: Between Two Worlds

Mary Shelley’s great novel is not a commentary on the Industrial Revolution, nor is it a simple retelling of the myth of Prometheus. It is far more original than that.

Nero Versus the Christians

Was Nero the Antichrist? The bestial image of the Roman emperor persists in popular culture, but the truth is more complex.

The Enemies Within

A terrorist attack on Wall Street a century ago aroused suspicion of anarchists, socialists and foreigners, as America saw danger around every corner.

This Blessed Plot

The Irish Rebellion of 1641 offered an opportunity for the ambitions of a well-connected group of Puritan politicians and businessmen. The result was civil war.