The capture of a slave ship by the Royal Navy in 1859, from which 847 enslaved Africans were released.
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Britain’s Royal Navy embarked on a huge anti-slavery campaign, but those ‘rescued’ didn’t always feel the benefits.
Charlie Hebdo’s often biting and dark humour frequently troubles people in France, and many reactions to the attack in France were not in keeping with the values of the publication.
Lady Reading in an Interior (between 1795 and 1800).
Marguerite Gérard (1761–1837)
In a turbulent period of French history, women’s journals started to agitate for legal, political and cultural rights.
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If sci-fi films mirror the world’s contemporary dystopian anxieties, then over the years Star Wars has gone from nuclear war to environmental collapse.
Senegal’s singer Ismael Lo performs during the second Pan-African Cultural Festival (PANAF) in Algeria in 2009.
Pan-African festival marked the emergence of a post-imperial world
Romance is officially dead.
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The world’s highest selling writer says 22-hour working days are the route to literary riches. But, say, our literary experts, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
Precedents exist for making people have certain vaccines. Perhaps it’s time to extend this.
The mariage burlesque of the Plastic System Band carnival group in Lamentin,
The annual Carnival rituals subvert traditional French notions of family and sexuality.
Colette, photographed by Henri Manuel.
The French writer’s work and life make perfect cinematic subjects.
The Famine Memorial in Dublin, by sculptor Rowan Gillespie.
The famine caused a million deaths and scarred the national psyche for generations. How do you even start to try and represent that in film literature, or art?
Elle Fanning as the author Mary Shelley.
The author Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was 18. A new film investigates the gender politics of the novel’s creation.
Black American GIs stationed in Britain during the war, these in Bristol, were given a warm welcome by their hosts but treated harshly by their white US Army comrades.
When black American troops stationed in an English town faced off against white US Army military police.
Science fiction has a more important job to do – it allows us to see ourselves in a new light.
Hopes dashed again.
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The people of Haiti are furious at their leaders and want to have their say – but the outside world has other priorities.
Reclaiming the homeland.
Furious nativist radicals are on the march – but are they really all birds of a feather?
Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” would help students to question stereotypes.
In Salman Rushdie’s 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, the fictional character Whisky Sisodia comments that the “trouble with the Engenglish is that their hiss hiss history happened overseas, so they dodo…
Children who were rescued from working as bonded labour stage a protest against slavery in New Delhi, India.
In the late 18th century, a small band of British Quakers and other humanitarian-minded folk began to build the case against the slave trade. Britain’s supremacy in maritime power and technology meant…
Five guys, One Direction, No talent.
One Direction got lucky this year, taking two awards away from the Brits. One of these was in the new Best British video category, judged by the British public via a live vote over Twitter. And this was…