British History

Queen Anne: The Most Successful Stuart

Historians have often underestimated Queen Anne because she was quiet and plain. In fact, her strong common sense and identification with the hopes and fears of her people would make her the most successful of the Stuarts. […]

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British History

British India: How Britain Lost the Jewel in the Crown

In 1858 India formally became a direct possession of the British Crown, and become known as the “Jewel in the Crown.” To justify their rule, the British argued that they were going to bring superior European culture and political institutions into a backward continent. It was their of own doing, however, that Britain lost control over the nation. […]

American History

The Eight Fundamental Thresholds of Big History

David Christian structures his groundbreaking Big History course around eight fundamental thresholds. Each of them is associated with new forms of complexity, and each of which has new emergent properties. Here we will take a high-level look at the eight fundamental thresholds of Big History and the material covered within each. […]

British History

British India: An Era of Economic Uncertainty

How did one of the most vibrant commercial centers in the global economy drift toward colonialism, and how did this set the stage for an eventual conquest of India, by both regional Indian and foreign powers? […]

British History

The Great Fire of London

The summer of 1666 was hot and dry. Most people were grateful because they thought that the heat would kill off the plague. Instead, it […]

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