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The Hornets’ Nest
Britain’s fear of Russia led her to attempt regime change in Afghanistan, but it cost many lives and damaged the army’s reputation.
by Jawaharlal Nehru 1889-1964
The Indian Mutiny
The Indian Mutiny began with a revolt among disgruntled soldiers, and ended with the making of the British Raj.
Akbar Takes the Plunge
Emperor Akbar’s court physician told his nobles that beneath
the waters of a lake was a dry, cosy room, and dared them to find a way in.
by Samsam ud Daula Shah Nawaz Khan 1700-1758
History of China
Banner of Liberty
In 1840, Secretary at War Thomas Macaulay treated the Union Jack
like a bully’s visiting card, but backbencher William Gladstone believed it deserved better.
by William Ewart Gladstone 1808-1898
The Black Hole of Calcutta
In 1756, the Nawab of Bengal allowed his frustration with British merchants in
Calcutta to get the better of him.
by Edward Fraser 1908
The Cat, the Mouse and the Banyan Tree
A mouse’s delight at seeing his old enemy caught in a trap proves short-lived.
by Clay Lane based on a story in The Kathasaritsagara 11th century
The Copy Book
Think and Speak