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The First World War

The Gallipoli Landings

By 1915, the Allies were struggling to break through Germany’s Western Front, and so began looking for another line of attack.

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Theophany (Epiphany)

How the Pepyses Kept Twelfth Day

In the family of Samuel Pepys, the Feast of the Epiphany was kept with music, cake and quaint traditions.

Indian History

The Indian Mutiny

The Indian Mutiny began with a revolt among disgruntled soldiers, and ended with the making of the British Raj.

Indian History

The Causes of the Indian Mutiny

Incompetence, arrogance and some mischievous propaganda all conspired to throw India into chaos.

Indian History

Seeds of Empire

The British Empire may be said to have started when Elizabethan importers got into a fight with the Dutch over the price of pepper.

Indian History

Sing Us a Song of Zion

The Sultan of Aceh in northern Sumatra welcomed his guests from Christian England with an unexpected gesture of friendship.

John Bright

The Best Man for the Job

The Victorian working man had John Bright’s respect and unwavering support, but he could expect no special favours.