Democratic nation-states were supposed to be the legitimate successors of empires. It hasn’t quite worked out that way in the past century, and Russia’s war on Ukraine is a reflection of that.
When the 1918 influenza pandemic struck India, the death toll was highest among the poor.
Few Victorian imperial ‘hero’ figures survive the scrutiny of the post-colonial age, but John Nicholson’s lust for blood led to a strange twist.
An academic article that asserted the benefits of colonialism caused an outcry and resulted in calls for its removal. A post-colonial expert explains why.
Section 377, which criminalises homosexuality, could finally be relegated to the history books.
How one member of the Indian Civil Service coped with being a colonial usurper.
Intellectuals of the time saw the British Empire as the heir to the civilising influence of ancient Rome.