Intellectuals of the time saw the British Empire as the heir to the civilising influence of ancient Rome.
As the British Empire became an unaffordable burden, planning for India's independence quickly ran into trouble.
Shakespeare’s play offered me a chance to think about India's political and social issues from a literary and epic perspective.
As unity talks begin, history tells us the divisions in Cyprus are not simply the result of two competing nationalisms.
Beijing's plans for Hong Kong aren't going down well with all its post-colonial subjects.
Apartheid was to officially end in 1994. So was the fashion of wearing hats as the formalities of business, church and leisure gave way to the informality of urban equality.
Australia ingratiating itself into a post-Brexit, British-instigated Anglosphere would be a futile exercise in counterproductive nostalgia.
The concept of 'the Anglosphere' gained in importance after the Brexit referendum as an alternative to the EU – and it could now impact Anglo nations, like Australia.
Phrases like “knowledge production” conceal the fact that knowledge answers to something beyond itself and beyond us. To produce knowledge is to find out about something.
Some British people look back fondly to the days of empire. Their views aren't shared by the rest of the world.
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille 's Twitter rant about colonialism caused an uproar as it brought back memories of a brutal and violent time in South Africa.
The empire's formal structures may have been gutted, but its influence lives on.
The BBC's Taboo is a timely reminder of the violent origins of globalisation, but its villains allow the viewer to disassociate imperial misdeeds from mainstream British history.
The East India Company offered men untold travel and riches – if they survived.
Having moved so far from its origins in 1788, perhaps Australia Day should now be a celebration of Australian 'ordinariness'.
The disdain for human life that underpinned the British Empire has been brought home.
The road to independence was not a simple tale of civil disobedience.
It was 1956 – and for Britain, things would never be the same again.
There are striking parallels between Eden's handling of Suez and Blair's march into the Iraq War.
Ending slavery didn't mean that the rights of Britain's colonial peoples were properly protected. Far from it.