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.
The US grows hardly any tropical fruit. So why are politicians and political commentators saying the country is at risk of devolving into a banana republic?
The word ‘neoliberal’ gets thrown around a lot, often with differing and even contradictory meanings. Here, a political economist explains the origins and evolution of this complex concept.
Tariq Ali’s scathing new book assessing Winston Churchill’s life and legacy paints him as a racist opportunist but overstates Churchill’s enduring influence on politics today.
For relations with the DRC to truly improve, the Belgian state must acknowledge its historical responsibility more strongly.
From the tax we pay to the wine we drink, many policies in Britain today have their roots in imperialism.
The IPCC’s latest climate report discusses how colonialism has shaped climate, a breakthrough for the climate justice movement.
Putin is following a strategy used by other imperial countries, particularly 19th-century China and Japan.
To prosper after the legacy of imperialism and colonization, Afghanistan needs partnerships and business investment, not bullets and bombs.
Expert background on Haiti, where President Jovenel Moïse’s July 7 killing is the latest in the Caribbean nation’s long list of struggles.
Anzac soldiers wrote poetry about body lice, shared treatment tips and experimented with new ways of bathing.
Although many modern people tend to see ‘magic’ and ‘religion’ as separate, magic was actually integral to the development of Christianity.
The fact that the colonial system was essentially a commercial expedition meant that the outcome was the creation of corporate entities rather than nation states.
JG Farell’s novel mocks the delusions and vanity of imperial attitudes that persisted even as the empire collapsed.
Suffering a pandemic and the aftermath of a war that killed 50 million, the world in 1920 faced a turning point as it negotiated a new political order. As today, the key issue was racial inequality.
Captain Cook’s sailors traded nails for sex, but the history of intimate encounters and their impact on women throughout the Pacific is still largely ignored.
Botany was an integral feature of Britain’s colonial and imperial ambitions.
In the past, quarantines were often seen as an excuse for state intervention, and condemned as instruments of despotism.
Compared to other politicians who tend to be indirect and evasive, Nkrumah was direct, explicit and assertive.
What role does Marxist theory about the state play in modern China?