- February 20, 2017
Lacquer and beeswax have a rich history in international trade It was tempting to title this reflection on a couple of indigenous commodities, and their processing, with origins in Bangladesh and the lands around, “spit and polish.” Nor would this time-honoured description of the process, especially the military process, of hardening and shining leather, have been inappropriate.
After all, the military foundations of the forces of Britain that built, and with which it protected, the world’s greatest ever empire, all had significant evolution in the lands that are now, for the most part, Bangladesh.READ MORE
The period of Aurangzeb might be the most important time in the history of our landEngland in 1660, at the end of the Civil War and the Commonwealth, saw the cultural mores of the nation evolved from Puritan constraint. There was a distinct move towards what was to become known as the “Age of Enlightenment” dawning across Europe.
John Dryden, himself something of a Puritan, who was to become acknowledged as one of England’s greatest dramatists and poets, was appointed as Historiographer Royal in 1770, initiating a more disciplined approach to the study of history.READ MORE
Bowrey’s journal provides insightful evidence of trade in BangladeshRecorded by the historian and biographer, Richard Davenport-Hines, as the first westerner to write about his experience of smoking cannabis during his travels around the Bay of Bengal between 1669 and 1679,
Thomas Bowrey’s fascinating journal gives us a visitor’s dramatic description of the lands around the Ganges delta — amongst them, the lands that are now Bangladesh — in the early years of the reign of the sixth Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb.
A prolific diaryist, his travels provide considerable source note treasures for historians of many locations.READ MORE
One flower witnessed entire civilisations take form and change shapeThe “etymology” of plants, it appears, may well be able to tell us more about human development, migrations, and trade than even archeology, is often able to do.
The fertile soils and the climatic environment of Bangladesh seem to have been in the distant past the source rather than the recipient of “migrating” plant life.READ MORE