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The British elite and their concern for humanity.

Today, 11th October 2016, the UK Parliament are having an emergency discussion about Syria and the humanitarian catastrophe that envelops the country. Following on from what is known about their ‘help’ in Libya, which can only be described as a failed state, maybe they would better off without it. 513 more words

Q&A with Steve Pincus, author of The Heart of the Declaration

Following on from Ken Owen’s review of Steve Pincus’s The Heart of the Declaration: The Founders’ Case for an Activist Government (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016), we continue our Review/Q&A format with an interview with the author. 3,156 more words

American Revolution

Anthropology Friday: Travels into Bokhara, pt. 2/3

Today we are continuing with Alexander Burnes’s Travels into Bokhara. Oddly, the volume I am reading ends with his arrival in Lahore, which is quite a distance from Bokhara. 1,251 more words


A Passage to India

The David Lean film version of E. M. Forster’s novel came too late for me to use as a revision aid for my A Level English Literature exam but it was a must see for me if only to find out what Lean made of it. 309 more words


A Passage to India

This novel formed the major part of my A Level English Literature course, so for much of 1978 and 1979 I was bored rigid by themes of dislocation and cultural differences.   373 more words


Review: Zara Anishanslin, Portrait of a Woman in Silk

Zara Anishanslin, Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic WorldNew Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.

A silk worm begins wrapping itself round in a cocoon, encasing itself in its fiber. 797 more words

Book Review

Rule or Cruel Britannia

Tears of the Rajahs (Simon and Schuster, 2015) by Ferdinand Mount, describes how the British East India Company dealt with the local populations on the Indian subcontinent from around 1600. 637 more words

Global Affairs