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The East India House, 1928. From ‘A History of Lloyd’s,’ by Charles Wright and C. Ernest Fayle. Macmillan and Company Limited, London, 1928. Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images

How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office

The coronavirus epidemic has made us all rethink our workspaces. But the needs of the times have always influenced the office space – whether for the colonial empire or a growing commerce.
By the 17th century, wealthy Britons were already experiencing the delights of expensive sugar confections. Wikimedia Commons

How England became the ‘sweetshop of Europe’

The story of the growth of Britain's sugar trade can tell us a lot about the development of capitalism and the slave trade.
A Zulu household, from an 1895 book called The Colony of Natal: An Official Illustrated Handbook and Railway Guide. J Causton and Sons /University of California Libraries/ Flickr

The long moral shadows cast by South Africa’s colonial history

A new history book shows how entanglements of race, gender, class and sexuality in South Africa flow from the moral contradictions of the settler colonial state.

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