In the past, quarantines were often seen as an excuse for state intervention, and condemned as instruments of despotism.
The links with Britain’s imperial past can make receiving an honour deeply problematic.
The British Honours system and its link to empire is outdated and inappropriate, it must change.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s increasingly repressive government uses colonial-era laws to silence dissent.
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The unstable authoritarian pathway that many post-colonial African states followed was facilitated by the way in which European empires undermined democratic elements within African societies.
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The Peterloo massacre was one of the worst atrocities committed on British soil, but across the empire there were many such acts.
Print of the Peterloo Massacre published by Richard Carlile in 1819.
As well as an attack on the working classes, Peterloo was also an episode of violence against women.
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The link between empire, inequality – and Brexit.
The notion of 'Empire 2.0' embraced by Brexiteers is backward-facing nonsense.
Diego Garcia, as seen from space.
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The UK is increasingly isolated in its claim to the Chagos Islands. If an international court finds in Mauritius's favour, the implications could be huge.
Bought from Denmark for their strategic value, a group of Caribbean islands has lived under the US flag for a century.
Demonstrators against Russian military actions in Ukraine rally in New York, March 2, 2014.
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Americans are shocked Russia meddled in our election. But there are centuries of precedent – and, at times, it’s been the US meddling.
Destroying Chinese war junks by Edward Duncan.
As the UK sets up post-Brexit trade deals with Commonwealth countries, it should be mindful of history.
Remnants of British imperialism remain.
The disdain for human life that underpinned the British Empire has been brought home.
The search goliath has spent over $5bn on everything from driverless cars to smart contact lenses in the past three years. The UK tax hounds must be delighted.
Cecil John Rhodes: master of all he surveys - but not of a secret society.
The book contains major flaws, the chief of which is the lack of solid, supporting evidence. Brown claims that ‘Rhodes documented everything’ – which was not actually the case in this regard.
It can be difficult to imagine that the antiquities in our museums were once a part of vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Let our expert take you on a tour of three cities to rival today's global hubs.
at a reconstruction of the Battle of Borodino.
The BBC’s chief contribution to the bicentenary has been to rename itself the Bonapartist Broadcasting Corporation.
Empire, currently screening on Channel Ten, is throwing stereotypes to the wind and presenting strong drama that is black, queer, and diverse.
Empire, a TV drama about a black hip-hop star turned music mogul, is breaking new ground by foregrounding 'risky' issues around race, sexuality and class.
So what have we got?
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In 1495 a horrific new disease appeared in Europe. Acquired by sexual contact and initially spread through Europe by mercenary soldiers from the army of King Charles VIII of France returning from a successful…
Empires were built through the art of war.
According to British historian Arnold Toynbee, “History is just one damned thing after another.” Or is it? That is the question…