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?
Just what is Boris Johnson, the UK's new prime minister: a liberal or conservative? A historian writing a book about Brexit, the focus of much of Johnson's career, says the man is hard to pin down.
The UK has been humiliated by a judgment that offers hope to other nations looking to unburden themselves from the legacy of imperialism.
Students need to be taught about colonialism's dark past.
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.
A new project takes a different look at the role of oceans.
An African court with international criminal jurisdiction which has been debated but never been put into operation could be an option if Africa withdraws from the ICC.
This episode of the In Depth Out Loud podcast outlines the importance of finding a way to remove the inequalities promoted by modern science.
Globalism has made it easier than ever to visit faraway places – and easier to never really leave home while you're there.
Vladimir Putin's Russia is as much an imperial power as its Soviet and Tsarist predecessors were.
A long read on how science's dark imperial past still shapes research today – and what to do about it.
As Japanese imperialism rose and fell, its leaders interpreted and re-interpreted a single distinctive concept: "bushido".
The Indigenous in New Zealand have fared better than First Nations in Canada in terms of self-determination. Why? It's about a lot more than geography, land mass and language.