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.
The concept of terra nullius has long been at the heart of explanations of why the British did not treat with Aboriginal people following Cook’s arrival in Australia. But should it be?
Shampooing was brought to Britain by a Bengali immigrant who knew his craft – and how to sell it.
What did it mean to be black and British in the Caribbean in the 20th century?
Three lives from Britain’s 18th-century global empire speak of collaboration, resistance and ambivalence.
In the 18th century, celebrity culture helped make the British Empire seem both a part of everyday life and a place of fantasy.
The first ‘New World’ reached by Europeans was not in the Americas, but in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where previously uninhabited islands were transformed forever.
Sweltering British imperialists relied on an army of fan bearers, whose stories are as invisible as the air they circulated.
Empires have been part of human history for millennia. Are they, of necessity, a bad thing?
Though the beginnings of the Byzantine Empire are unclear, its demise is not. The history of the Eastern Roman Empire, from its foundation in 324 to its conquest in 1453, is one of war, plague, architectural triumphs and fear of God's wrath.