British Empire

Be Angrier With Our Education System Than Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk

Rabbil Sikdar | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rabbil Sikdar

The Indians who fought in Dunkirk deserve their own film. The soldiers caught and held by the Japanese for years under brutal torture deserve their own film. Fitting them into Nolan's Dunkirk would simply have turned them into token gestures there to appease our liberal consciences and achieve nothing more.

New Year's Honours 2017: No Gongs For Top Brexit Politicians

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK

It was a seismic year for British politics, but none of the prominent figures involved in the successful campaign to quit the European Union have been...

'Hero' Hillsborough Campaigner Explains Why He Snubbed Offer Of New Year's Honour

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK

Hillsborough campaigner and academic Professor Phil Scraton has rejected the offer of an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, citing how su...

We Can't Learn From a Stump: Why the Queen Victoria Statue Should Stay

Gabriel Webber | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Gabriel Webber

Memento Park just outside Budapest is a bizarre wonderland. It's where the Hungarians deposited all its unwanted Communist statues after the fall of t...

Quetta: The Earthquake That Should Shake the Teaching of the British Empire

Usman Butt | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Usman Butt

How can an event that led to the mass loss of human life, help create life elsewhere? For if it hadn't happened, I would not be here. And for students of Empire the same question is asked, if the empire hadn't happened, would we be here?

Scotland's #IndyRef: Some Historic Reflections on Devo-Max and Independence from Britain

Malory Nye | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

There is now a very distinct possibility that Scotland may vote on 18 September to change this partnership. I am intrigued about what further this country has in store, quite possibly as an independent nation in its own right.

Review: Chigger Foot Boys

Sonia Grant | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sonia Grant

In the dexterous hands of acclaimed playwright Patricia Cumper MBE, Chigger Foot Boys accomplished what a good theatrical production should by being bold, entertaining and enlightening.

The Empire Writes Back - Kamila Shamsie's 'A God in Every Stone'

Nauman Khalid | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nauman Khalid

Lance-Naik Qayyum Gul of the 40th Pathans is the other main character who animates this tale through the warp and weft of which runs Empire. Along with his friend and subordinate Kalam, he fights for the British in the Great War. At Ypres, he is saved by his friend but loses an eye in combat. He is nursed back to health in Brighton and returns to Peshawar.

Bristol Museum: Remembering the British Empire in India

Sumeet Grover | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sumeet Grover

Having said that, empires are controversial, and they are never created to empower the occupied territories. In that respect, the Mughal legacy in India could be best seen in the advancement of the arts, architecture, culture and food.

Outside Europe - Memorialising the Great War in the Colonies

Meor Alif | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Meor Alif

The First World War is not normally remembered for its epic battles outside the tranches of Europe, as there was nothing Ypres-like about, say, 'Edwardian' Southeast Asia. We just don't associate it to be as globally engulfing as World War Two. Yet, it would a mistake to think that there were geographical limits to the range in which this first (only if one discounts the Seven Years War) recognisable 'world war' was fought.

Don't Know About Ralph Miliband, but I Do Hate Britain

John Wight | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

What is there to love about a country that still glories in an empire that was an exercise in grand larceny, mass exploitation, human suffering, and cruelty? What is there to love about a country which still believes in bending the knee to that wretched institution, otherwise known as the monarchy, in the 21st Century?

Artist Profile: Massa Lemu and the Panhandler Pieces

Dr Michael Petry | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michael Petry

Photo by Miguel Amat Massa Lemu is an artist from Malawi, who currently lives in Houston, Texas. Houston is built in a swamp; in the summer the t...


Jasdev Singh Rai | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Politics
Jasdev Singh Rai

But this entire idea of breaking from Europe and going solo lacks realism. How will UK single compete in a tough economic world on its own. Ukip is harking back to grandiose days of the Empire.

Koh-i-Noor Diamond Will Not Be Returned To India, David Cameron Insists

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has rejected suggestions Britain should return a giant diamond the country forced India to hand over during the colonial era. The Ko...

How Many Countries Has Britain Invaded?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

Britain has invaded nearly 90% of the world's countries during its history, with only 22 out of 193 not on the receiving end of a bit of Great British...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind The B*******, Re-released After 35 Years

Jason Holmes | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Steve raises his voice, a bit of the old punk rage perhaps asserting itself again after all these years. "You had to work to go and see a band back in '77, had to get off your arse and go to a gig, and then go to a record store to purchase the product. There was a lot more work involved. Now it's just mindless consumption."

Younghusband: Imperial Amnesia Confronts the Tibetan 'Shangri-La'

Adele Wilde-Blavatsky | Posted 21.10.2012 | Home
Adele Wilde-Blavatsky

We are at the beginning of a personal journey about the haunting presence of the legacy bequeathed to us by our ancestors and our resultant 'identity'. Like the Buddhist journey of recognising the illusory ego as the enemy within, this is a tale about confronting ghosts.

Is The Empire Relevant Any More?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK

As the Queen's Birthday Honours List is set to be revealed, it's that time of year to dust down the history books and the well-worn arguments as to wh...

Ned Simons

Should The Word 'Empire' Be Dropped From The Honours System? | Ned Simons | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK Politics

People across the UK will receive the revived British Empire Medal (BME) today, in recognition of their charity and volunteer work. The "working cl...

Afghanistan: It is and Always Will be a Failed State

Robert Simpson | Posted 28.07.2012 | UK Politics
Robert Simpson

As the 2014 withdrawal date for American and British combat troops creeps ever closer the rhetoric coming from leading politicians about the great strides that have been made by Afghan forces has increased significantly.

The Falklands Dispute Must be Resolved With Diplomacy

Mark Hillary | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

What we need in this dispute is a healthy dose of pragmatism. Ultimately, the modern dispute over sovereignty is focused on mineral rights - who can earn from oil and gas discovered in the vicinity of the islands.

Syria and 'The Great Game'

Amira Mohsen Galal | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK Politics
Amira Mohsen Galal

The UN Security Council meeting on Syria in February 2012 should have made it clear that none of the members of the committee care for the suffering of thousands of people paying the price in Syria; it should also tell us that the game is ongoing and seems to be escalating.

Paxman: Teach Kids About The British Empire

PA | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has criticised the "dreary educational establishment" for failing to teach schoolchildren about the British empire. ...

Haiti: A Lesson for Supporters of NATO's Libya Campaign

Tom Stevenson | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK
Tom Stevenson

The idea that the same three powers -- the United States, France and Britain - who have punished Haiti so mercilessly are now bombing Libya as part of a tireless effort to promote a "democratic transition" is absurd.