Category Archives: History

A Culture of Growth

The world today is richer than it has ever been. Why is this? Joel Mokyr’s central contention in A Culture of Growth is that “what happened in the economies of the world in the past three centuries was a function

A Culture of Growth

The world today is richer than it has ever been. Why is this? Joel Mokyr’s central contention in A Culture of Growth is that “what happened in the economies of the world in the past three centuries was a function

Building Histories

Mrinalini Rajagopalan’s Building Histories, is at once an ambitious and intimate study of the meeting points between monuments and the construction of historical narrative. Ambitious in the scale of her enquiry into the deep myth-making propensities that can be traced

Building Histories

Mrinalini Rajagopalan’s Building Histories, is at once an ambitious and intimate study of the meeting points between monuments and the construction of historical narrative. Ambitious in the scale of her enquiry into the deep myth-making propensities that can be traced

Humanitarianism in Modern China

In the early 1930s when the Kuomintang and the Communist Party fell into their most furious battle, the Japanese invaded China. At this, the Chinese intellectuals raised the anti-fascist banner. They ran publications and wrote articles in Shanghai to save

Humanitarianism in Modern China

In the early 1930s when the Kuomintang and the Communist Party fell into their most furious battle, the Japanese invaded China. At this, the Chinese intellectuals raised the anti-fascist banner. They ran publications and wrote articles in Shanghai to save

A Chimney (part 2)

  (read part 1 here)   It happened a year after the Korean War broke out, Japan regained its own sovereignty by becoming a disarmed state: “Japan desires, as a provisional arrangement for its defense, that the United States of

A Chimney (part 2)

  (read part 1 here)   It happened a year after the Korean War broke out, Japan regained its own sovereignty by becoming a disarmed state: “Japan desires, as a provisional arrangement for its defense, that the United States of

Singapore: Unlikely Power

Singapore spent 2015 celebrating its jubilee as sovereign state, an event overshadowed by the death of its first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, whose People’s Action Party (PAP) has steered the island-nation’s development since independence in 1965. As the nation

Singapore: Unlikely Power

Singapore spent 2015 celebrating its jubilee as sovereign state, an event overshadowed by the death of its first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, whose People’s Action Party (PAP) has steered the island-nation’s development since independence in 1965. As the nation

Faithful Victorian: William Thomas Thornton, 1813-1880

William Thomas Thornton (1813-1880) was a notable Victorian social reformer, economist and imperial administrator. Like his friend and patron John Stuart Mill (1805-1873), Thornton derived his income and economic security from the East India Company, which he joined in the

Faithful Victorian: William Thomas Thornton, 1813-1880

William Thomas Thornton (1813-1880) was a notable Victorian social reformer, economist and imperial administrator. Like his friend and patron John Stuart Mill (1805-1873), Thornton derived his income and economic security from the East India Company, which he joined in the

A Chimney (part 1)

(this is part 1; you can read part 2 here) The Fast Small Field Railroad Company in Tokyo, Japan read the future and invested right. In 1977 they tore down the shabby small wooden station of Forever Forest Upper Field

A Chimney (part 1)

(this is part 1; you can read part 2 here) The Fast Small Field Railroad Company in Tokyo, Japan read the future and invested right. In 1977 they tore down the shabby small wooden station of Forever Forest Upper Field