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Don’t tell me interpretations are too difficult for Key Stage 3 - History Resource Cupboard - lessons and resources for schools

As stated in a previous blog, the teaching of historical interpretations is a crucial element of developing your student’s historical thinking.<p>If you …

1776: the year of American independence

Jeremy Black looks at the year in which the rejection of British authority by American settlers led to a war that not only threatened the whole …

North America

Unlock The Library - History Extra

The official website for BBC History Magazine and BBC World Histories Magazine

BBC

imalegionnaire:Soldiers of the Continental Army, watercolor by Charles M. Lefferts

<i>Soldiers of the Continental Army, watercolor by Charles M. Lefferts</i>

Britain's Imperial Follies

Seventy years ago last week, the India Independence Act received royal assent. Suddenly George VI was a much-diminished monarch, no longer king-emperor, and the long twilight of Britain’s shameful exercise in empire had begun.<p>There’s no reason you should have known this, of course, given how little …

An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India

Shashi Tharoor, former Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations, bestselling author, Indian politician and current member of the Indian …

India

British Empire throughout the World, 1872

<b>British Empire throughout the World, 1872.</b><p>This World map of 1872 is titled “British Empire Throughout The World Exhibited In One View.” The British possessions are colored in red as was typical of maps of the period showing the British Empire. It is highly decorative and it appeared in Fullarton’s Royal Illustrated Atlas which was first published in 1864 after being issued in 27 parts from 1854-62. Map surrounded by drawings of the inhabitants of each dominion. Tables include size and …

Bond—James Bond—Was Created to Mourn the British Empire

Few movie icons, besides Godzilla, have graced the screen as frequently as super spy James Bond. Some 50 years after Sean Connery first took on the …

A Thirst for Empire

<b>How the global tea industry influenced the international economy and the rise of mass consumerism</b><p>Tea has been one of the most popular commodities in …

70 Years of Independence: The self-congratulatory British Press at the eve of India’s freedom

Both quality papers as well as tabloids in British press portrayed the transfer of power to India and Pakistan as the ‘fulfillment of Britain’s …

India

Here’s What We Can Learn Today From Empires of Yesterday

In today’s divided world, with so many ethnic and religious conflicts among and within nations around the globe, University of Virginia sociologist …

World History

The True Story of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond

The 105-carat Koh-i-Noor Diamond is part of the British Crown Jewels, and is on display at the Tower of London. The sign next to it says the gem was …

Winston Churchill has as much blood on his hands as the worst genocidal dictators, claims Indian politician

An Indian politician has put Winston Churchill in the same category as some of “the worst genocidal dictators” of the 20th century because of his …

How the British Empire seized and sold tea

A new book traces the rise of tea and how it became one of the first commodities of globalization.<p>If you were to take a map of the Earth and trace …