Category Archives: History

Why you should read: Karl Marx, A Nineteenth-Century Life

Karl Marx has been many things to many people. During the 20th century, amid the clamour of the Cold War era, perceptions about Marx split into two rival camps: supporters hailed him as a far-sighted prophet propelling state and society

Why you should read: Karl Marx, A Nineteenth-Century Life

Karl Marx has been many things to many people. During the 20th century, amid the clamour of the Cold War era, perceptions about Marx split into two rival camps: supporters hailed him as a far-sighted prophet propelling state and society

An Economist in the Real World

India is an ageless place where the past infuses every aspect of modern life. Since ushering in an economic liberalisation programme in 1991, India has been in a headlong rush to modernise and open up its complex and multifaceted economy

An Economist in the Real World

India is an ageless place where the past infuses every aspect of modern life. Since ushering in an economic liberalisation programme in 1991, India has been in a headlong rush to modernise and open up its complex and multifaceted economy

The Transformation of the World

The 19th century, or indeed any span of time, does not neatly correspond to a tangible experience in the way that a day or a year does. Rather, the century, 1801-1900, is a creature of the calendar, a convenient, but

The Transformation of the World

The 19th century, or indeed any span of time, does not neatly correspond to a tangible experience in the way that a day or a year does. Rather, the century, 1801-1900, is a creature of the calendar, a convenient, but

The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920

On the eve of World War I, the Ottomans were in bad shape, having fought three ruinous wars in as many years. In 1911, the Italians attacked three Ottoman Vilayets in North Africa (now Libya). This unprovoked attack sparked opportunist

The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920

On the eve of World War I, the Ottomans were in bad shape, having fought three ruinous wars in as many years. In 1911, the Italians attacked three Ottoman Vilayets in North Africa (now Libya). This unprovoked attack sparked opportunist

Indians in Singapore

Dr Rajesh Rai’s welcome new study weaves together a host of fascinating stories of the Indian diaspora in a colonial port. Rai traces the histories of Indian migrants lured across oceans and seas by the forces of exploitation, adventure, poverty

Indians in Singapore

Dr Rajesh Rai’s welcome new study weaves together a host of fascinating stories of the Indian diaspora in a colonial port. Rai traces the histories of Indian migrants lured across oceans and seas by the forces of exploitation, adventure, poverty

The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War

When Franz Ferdinand and Sophie Chotek arrived at Sarajevo train station on the morning of 28 June 1914, Europe was still at peace. If any of the key European statesmen of that era had been asked whether they thought a

The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War

When Franz Ferdinand and Sophie Chotek arrived at Sarajevo train station on the morning of 28 June 1914, Europe was still at peace. If any of the key European statesmen of that era had been asked whether they thought a

Why you should read: Adam Tooze’s The Deluge

The Habsburg Empire’s declaration of war on Serbia on 28 July 1914 was its last independent political act. Four years later, and after seven centuries as a permanent fixture of the European political order, the tottering Habsburg Empire would finally

Why you should read: Adam Tooze’s The Deluge

The Habsburg Empire’s declaration of war on Serbia on 28 July 1914 was its last independent political act. Four years later, and after seven centuries as a permanent fixture of the European political order, the tottering Habsburg Empire would finally