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400 years ago, ‘Gujarat Model’ was injurious to business

England’s First Ambassador To Mughal India Found Only Harassment And Abuse In Surat

China’s growing naval might worries India, but it is nothing like the stranglehold the Portuguese had on our sea routes 400 years ago. 1,171 more words

Gender and Authority Seminars this term.

We’re delighted to announce this term’s programme of seminars, which kick off on 25 January, with papers from Jennifer Griffiths (American University of Rome) and Yasmin Khan (University of Oxford). 17 more words

Jane Chapman on Comparative and Interdisciplinary Media History

Please join us at the next Media History seminar for a presentation by Professor Jane Chapman and a response by Dr Tom Wright. The meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday January 24 in Senate House Room 243. 316 more words

The brotherhood of man will be realised after the war

The Dodeka Club members in Reading debated the future of the country once peace were declared. Some were optimistic, others took the whole question less seriously. 250 more words

Life On The Home Front

Rogue One and crisis in the Middle East: an Analysis

originally posted in The Gryphon 

The new addition to the Star Wars world, Rogue One, has painted a much darker picture than its predecessors. In doing so it has also accentuated possible existing themes related to conflict in the Middle East. 1,052 more words


Setting: Galactic Empire, part 1

A while ago, I decided I wanted to read some science fiction about a galaxy-spanning empire. I briefly browsed Amazon’s kindle offerings under “galactic empire”, but all I found was military sci-fi where the galaxy-spanning nature of the empire wasn’t a major element in the story. 702 more words

Science Fiction

Happy New Year!

May the new one be even better than the one just ended… 130 more words