Category Archives: History

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

July Crisis: The World’s Descent into War, Summer 1914

The centenary of the Great War has prompted a kind of collective introspection among the nations that participated in this slow-moving, brutal slog. New books, articles, exhibitions and documentaries attempt to piece together the narrative arc of “the war to

July Crisis: The World’s Descent into War, Summer 1914

The centenary of the Great War has prompted a kind of collective introspection among the nations that participated in this slow-moving, brutal slog. New books, articles, exhibitions and documentaries attempt to piece together the narrative arc of “the war to