This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Living Timeline: Paul Robeson Mural by Art Bloc DC. Exterior wall of 1351 U Street, NW, Washington DC, June 21, 2015. Captured by Elvert Barnes Photography (Flickr)

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From Paul Robeson the revolutionary to Biden’s new Cold war, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia. Photograph: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From racism and the history of international relations to how UK propaganda leaflets inspired the massacre of Indonesian communists, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

US General Smedley Butler. Illustration by Colin Verdi, via The New Republic.

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From the marine who turned against US empire to the afterlives of German colonialism in East Africa, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Dune / Production Stills / Warner Brothers Pictures

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From Joseph Schumpeter and the economics of imperialism to Frank Herbert the Republican Salafist, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From the Walter Rodney murder mystery 40 years later to British collaborators in Africa, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.


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Alexander Palace Egg, Fabergé, 1908. Chief workmaster Henrik Wigström. © The Moscow Kremlin Museums

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From why the “Cold War” analogy today is lazy and dangerous to the ongoing hunt for the missing Fabergé Eggs, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From Simón Bolívar as theorist of empire to the Muslimness of Dune, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

British soldiers in tanks pass an Afghan guard post in 1941. Hanns Tschira/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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A special Afghanistan edition of this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From how Latin America reimagined classical political economy to asking who is responsible for Afghanistan’s tragedy, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Team USA congratulating Russian Olympic Committee for winning the gold medal in women’s gymnastics, Tokyo, Japan, July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski.

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From how centuries of US imperialism made surfing an Olympic sport to why it’s not surprising that Simone Biles cheered for Angelina Melnikova, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, a classic example of dubbed post-war European film. Italian movie poster.

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From the nationalist politics of film dubbing to the Summer of Soul, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From the long history of US-Haitian relations to Japan’s Indian connection, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Souvenir portraits of Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong in Beijing, China. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From replacing Canada Day to the origins of ‘geopolitics’, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Curry Coolie. Image source: Bridgeman Images.

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From renaming Mt Everest to curry tales of the empire, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From an imperialism syllabus to rethinking grand strategy, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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