East India Company

Before empire

How should we read the Europeans who wrote about Southasia before colonial domination?

| May 21, 2018

People of a Southasian past

A colonial experiment in ethnographic photography offers a rare glimpse into Southasia’s communities circa the 19th century.

| May 10, 2017

Taking on a behemoth

The life story of Katharine Gerrard Cooke (1695-1745) evokes the struggles faced by the early English pioneers in India. (Part 2)

| Feb 22, 2016

A massacre at the seaside

The life story of Katharine Gerrard Cooke (1695-1745) evokes the struggles faced by the early English pioneers in India. (Part 1)

| Feb 19, 2016

Hell on Ascension

The story of Cochin’s Robinson Crusoe – found guilty of sodomy and banished to Ascension Island.

| Mar 19, 2015

The life and letters of Elizabeth Draper

The world celebrated the tercentenary of writer Laurence Sterne (1713- 1768) in 2013. A tribute to the woman who inflamed his passions, Eliza, born in a remote south Indian village.

| Mar 13, 2014

People of a Southasian past

A colonial experiment in ethnographic photography offers a rare glimpse into Southasia’s communities circa the 19th century

| Jan 21, 2013

Diary of a disastrous campaign

A recently unearthed diary brings a fresh perspective to the lesser-known British foray into what we now call Nepal.

| Dec 21, 2012

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