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The lost traders of Dhaka

The lost traders of Dhaka

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Fri, Dec 18 2015

Bengal would not have been the same without the help of Armenian merchants The 18th century, Church of...

Gunpowder empires

Gunpowder empires

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Fri, Dec 11 2015

Money and gunpowder are two essential ingredients of empire building Academics have made much of the...

Getting a grip

Getting a grip

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Fri, Dec 4 2015

Bangladesh was shaped by waves of conquestsIt cannot, from any empirical, documentary, or archaeological...

The English clerk

The English clerk

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Fri, Nov 27 2015

Charles Lamb, one of Britain’s greatest essayists, had a lot to say about the East India Company “If...

The amusing Saggar Makers Bottom...

The amusing Saggar Makers Bottom...

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Fri, Nov 20 2015

The humble artistry of pottery-making still thrives in BangladeshThe humblest of occupations are often...

Diamonds are forever

Diamonds are forever

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Fri, Nov 13 2015

The history of the precious gem offers a valuable insight into the foundations of the British EmpireThe...

A unique Islamic tradition

A unique Islamic tradition

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Fri, Nov 6 2015

The Islamisation of Bangladesh can be traced back many centuriesI am very aware of tiptoeing where, even,...

Silk threads

Silk threads

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Fri, Oct 30 2015

Bangladesh has been essential in the preliminary development of the silk industry The 18th and 19th century...

Breaking through a white ceiling

Breaking through a white ceiling

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Fri, Oct 23 2015

Satyendranath Tagore may have received his due attention if he weren’t overshadowed by his brother RabindranathWere...

Sacks of gold

Sacks of gold

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Fri, Oct 16 2015

The jute industry is no doubt a major contributor to the growth of BangladeshNot for nothing has jute...

Tea time

Tea time

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Fri, Oct 9 2015

The history of tea stretches back farther than the breakfast tableWhere historians write of the origins...

Dhaka’s Heritage: The Tale of the...

Dhaka’s Heritage: The Tale of the...

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Sun, Oct 4 2015

A trip back in time to the days of gloryOne rainy Friday morning, our tour team had taken an endeavour...

The art of heritage

The art of heritage

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Fri, Oct 2 2015

Bangladesh has a rich history full of various forms of artistic expression Gemstones and  pressed...

The Bengali tristate

The Bengali tristate

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Fri, Sep 18 2015

Dhaka was indubitably a major hub of both the Mughal and British empiresAt around the time of the early,...

Portuguese Bangladesh

Portuguese Bangladesh

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Fri, Sep 11 2015

Portugal’s relationship with Bangladesh is a long and storied oneBangladesh, to the interested observer,...

A wicked traitor?

A wicked traitor?

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Fri, Sep 4 2015

Mir Jafar legacy may be tainted, but his actions can be understoodMir Jafar has been tarred for his dubious...

The people’s poets

The people’s poets

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Fri, Aug 28 2015

Bengal has a rich history of producing exemplary poetsPerhaps it would seem, to some, a little ironic,...

Bengal syndrome?

Bengal syndrome?

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Fri, Aug 21 2015

We have a 20th century diagnosis for the psychological phenomenon of identification with, and positive...

A friend indeed?

A friend indeed?

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Fri, Aug 14 2015

Edmund Burke dared to question the motives of the East India Company when no one else wouldWhether Edmund...

The tangled politics of Europe and...

The tangled politics of Europe and...

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Fri, Aug 7 2015

The Ostend Trading Company of Belgium played no small part in shaping this sub-continentDazzled, perhaps,...

The land of ogres

The land of ogres

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Fri, Jul 31 2015

The kingdom of Arakan has a diverse and long-winding historyDespite the tendency to equate today’s...