The League of Nations: The precursor to the UN

The League of Nations: The precursor to the UN

The League of Nations was an ambitious yet unsuccessful endeavour of the twentieth century that laid the foundation and idea of an unbiased international organisation to maintain diplomatic relations around the world; it is to this day considered the “forerunner to the United Nations”. The first of its kind, the League of Nations was an [...]

The story of “Britain’s Schindler”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9VhKjexnCQ The Story of Sir Nicholas Winton The holocaust was a dark period in World history; fuelled, by hate, bigotry and the notion of racial superiority, the holocaust was the biggest state-sponsored, racially prejudiced mass genocide in Europe. Taking place during the second world war, Germany, under its fascist leader, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis [...]

Battle lines drawn over nutmeg, cinnamon, and cassia

Battle lines drawn over nutmeg, cinnamon, and cassia

Running through wide and vast areas, the spice routes are a network of interlinking sea routes that were used in the ancient times linking the west coast of Japan, through the islands of Indonesia, around India to the lands of the Middle East - and from there, across the Mediterranean to Europe. These expansive sea [...]

The Indus Waters Treaty of 1960

The Indus Waters Treaty of 1960

A map showing the flow of rivers as per the treaty “One bright spot ... in a very depressing world picture that we see so often”. This was a famous statement that the former US president, Dwight Eisenhower used to describe the Indus Waters Treaty, one of the most “successful international treaties has survived frequent [...]

The 19th-century Spanish Flu, today’s Deja Vu?

The 19th-century Spanish Flu, today’s Deja Vu?

The Spanish Flu was undoubtedly one of the most fatal epidemics that rocked the Late Modern Period (1750-1945). In the year 1918, the world was unexpectedly affected by a massive surge in cases of the Spanish Flu (Influenza), an epidemic caused by the deadly H1N1 virus, which affected a staggering 500 million people, approximately a [...]

The Olympics – The games that have spanned the timeline -> B.C. to A.D.

The Olympics – The games that have spanned the timeline -> B.C. to A.D.

Five multicoloured rings on a white background. To a majority of us, this is synonymous with what is considered to be one of the most coveted sporting events, the Olympics. This mega sporting event is one that every sportsperson aspires to represent his country in, training meticulously as the event approaches every four years.  The [...]

When the Earth was the centre of the universe

When the Earth was the centre of the universe

Nicolaus Copernicus, born in 1473 in Poland, remains to this day one of the most hailed names in the field of Astronomy. Born to a wealthy family of merchants, during the time when the Catholic Church was the foremost authority in Europe, Nicolaus Copernicus was poised to become a bishop in his early childhood under [...]

Mozart- The prodigy gone too soon

Mozart- The prodigy gone too soon

Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart, born to an Austrian family in the 18th century was one of the most prolific classical music composers to have ever existed. His extraordinary music sense and understanding of classical music suggests immense talent. Over the course of his short lifetime of just 35 years, Mozart composed twenty-four operas, 17 masses and [...]