Category Archives: the British Raj

Shadows of Empire

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A short video by Alan McKee

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Azimullah Khan: behind the scenes leader of the 1857 rebellion

This is a portrait, believed to be drawn from life by Richard Doyle, uncle of Arthur Conan Doyle, of the man who stood behind the scenes and pushed India into war: Azi mullah Khan Much is  known about this shrewd … Continue reading

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The Lucknow Courtesans: Indian Queens of a Golden Age

They were perhaps the least talked about women in colonial India. Yet, they were the standard bearers of a unique and exquisitely refined culture rooted in the fabled city of the Nawabs, Lucknow. Universally known as the loveliest entertainers in … Continue reading

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Opium and fabulous gems: India’s importance to the British Empire

Lithograph by Emily Eden showing one of the favourite horses of Maharaja Ranjit Singh with the head officer of his stables and his collection of fabulous j ewels including the Kohinoor diamond marked as number 1   India has been … Continue reading

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