Napolean and the Siege of Acre 1799

Napolean and The Siege of Acre 1799 The Siege of Acre of 1799 was an unsuccessful French siege of the Ottoman-defended, city of Acre. It was Napoleon’s first strategic defeat as three years previously he had been defeated at the Second Battle of Bassano. Acre was a site of significant strategic importance due to its […]
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The Decline of the British Empire

For two centuries an Island twenty miles off the European mainland had acquired an empire spanning every continent. By 1900, it encompassed modern-day India, Pakistan, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, along with much of the African Continent. It exerted a strong influence, sometimes equivalent to de facto control, over Latin America, the […]

The British Colonisation of Burma

Many people horrified by the brutality of the Burmese regime say that the ‘international community’ should intervene in the country. But the history of Burma shows that meddling by imperial powers has always made things worse. Many people horrified by the brutality of the Burmese regime say that the ‘international community’ should intervene in the […]

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The Great Game of the 19th Century

The Great Game  was an intense rivalry between the British and Russian Empires in Central Asia, beginning in the nineteenth century British Lord Ellenborough started “The Great Game” on January 12, 1830, with an edict establishing a new trade route from India to Bukhara, using Turkey, Persia and Afghanistan The aim was to create a buffer […]

When Britain was the largest drug dealer in the World

The British Empire was the largest drug pusher the world has ever seen. By the 1830s the smuggling of opium into China was a source of huge profits and these profits played a crucial role in the financing of British rule in India and were the underpinning of British trade and commerce throughout the East. […]
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5 of the worst atrocities of the British Empire

5 of the worst atrocities of the British Empire 1. BOER CONCENTRATION CAMPS Armed Afrikaners on the veldt near Ladysmith during the second Boer War, circa 1900 During the Second Boer War (1899-1902), the British rounded up around a sixth of the Boer population – mainly women and children – and detained them in camps, […]