As Plymouth marks 400 years since the colonists set sail for what is now the US, Dr Fiona McCall, senior lecturer in early modern history at the University of Portsmouth, explores anti-puritan satire and how it was used to counteract their growing influence.
Research fellow Syed Badrul Ahsan explores the tragic and painful fault lines underpinning modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Of all the 18th-century publications about Captain Cook’s voyages at Senate House Library, the major one is undoubtedly that compiled by George William Anderson, A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages round the World, explains Dr Karen Attar, the library’s curator of rare books and university art.
‘It soon come’, runs the refrain in Linton Kwesi Johnson’s 1974 poem ‘Time Come’. ‘It soon come / look out! look out! look out!’. In the Institute of Historical Research’s 2019 Wiley Lecture, Dr Rob Waters will draw on the research for his new book, Thinking Black: Britain, 1964–1985, to unpack this sense of impending change […]
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. And over those years it has grown and flourished to develop the link between policy and practice, writes Dr Sue Onslow, the institute’s deputy director.
Robinson Crusoe has a strong claim to being the first real novel in English as well as the first colonial adventure story. But has it provided a fascinating legacy? Dr Karen Attar, Senate House Library’s curator of rare books and university art, thinks so.
The abolition of slavery was the catalyst for the system of indenture, under which the British brought Chinese and East Indians to the Caribbean to labour on the region’s sugar plantations. The first wave arrived in Mauritius in 1834, followed by Guyana (1838) and Trinidad (1845). By the time the system, which also operated in […]
In the third of a series of scholarly articles marking the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London Dr Balasubramanyam Chandramohan, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), celebrates the resilience and relevance of this unique ‘family’ of nations.
Because of his ‘ubiquity in the media and his bombastic, bullying buffoonery’ it is easy to take pot shots at Boris Johnson, says Professor Keith Somerville. However, he will not let this ease of task put him off his aim to use the foreign secretary’s highly offensive remarks about Africa to illustrate how the myths […]
Rahul Ranjan, a PhD student at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, remembers the late Bengali writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi, who was known for her sharp satires of gender inequality in India.