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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 …

The Royal Navy’s American disaster

Britain was the world’s greatest naval power, so why did its ships fail to prevent the American revolutionaries securing independence? Sam Willis …

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

Misunderstanding the past is a good way to stunt one's future.<p>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 …

World History

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 …

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 …

James Bond

A Thirst for Empire

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

Express photo: August 15, 1947. FREEDOM LIKE A WHIFF OF FRESH AIR ENGULFS THE RAISINA HILL. MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN TRY TO ABSORB THE LONG AWAITED …

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 …

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 …

History

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 …

World History

How the British Empire seized and sold tea - Futurity

The British Empire dominated the tea trade at every level, from planters, distribution, marketing, and more. But they couldn't get Americans to drink …

British Empire