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All paint and polish

All paint and polish

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Fri, Mar 25 2016

Lacquer and beeswax have a rich history in international trade It was tempting to title this reflection...

A tale of intrigue and international...

A tale of intrigue and international...

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Fri, Mar 18 2016

The period of Aurangzeb might be the most important time in the history of our landEngland in 1660, at...

In the times of Thomas Bowrey

In the times of Thomas Bowrey

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Fri, Mar 11 2016

Bowrey’s journal provides insightful evidence of trade in BangladeshRecorded by the historian and biographer,...

Jasmine, the Silk Road, and Bangladesh...

Jasmine, the Silk Road, and Bangladesh...

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Fri, Mar 4 2016

One flower witnessed entire civilisations take form and change shapeThe “etymology” of plants,...

Circumstantial evidence

Circumstantial evidence

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Fri, Feb 26 2016

Bangladesh presents numerous challenges for the heritage detectiveExamination, investigation, and consideration...

The legacy of Hiram Cox

The legacy of Hiram Cox

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Fri, Feb 19 2016

What Cox tried to achieve for refugees from Burmese violence is not visible today Mrauk U was the curious...

An 18th century whistle-blower

An 18th century whistle-blower

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Fri, Feb 12 2016

William Bolts was a hero who died a most undeserving death Defined from the vernacular as either just...

Faith and heritage

Faith and heritage

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Fri, Feb 5 2016

Faith is inextricably tied to Bangladesh’s cultural heritageOf whatever faith, or none, the roots of...

The patrimony of Naogaon

The patrimony of Naogaon

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Fri, Jan 29 2016

Naogaon plays a surprising role in representing Bangladesh’s grand heritageThe epitome of the tangible...

Literary dynasties engage in Dhaka

Literary dynasties engage in Dhaka

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Fri, Jan 22 2016

Dhaka has close ties with many Western literary prodigiesIt is fascinating to consider that ever since...

Wooden temples and ancient history

Wooden temples and ancient history

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Fri, Jan 15 2016

Ramu’s real treasures are often overlooked by visitorsOn the 15th century reconstruction of the map of...

An essential part of warfare

An essential part of warfare

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Fri, Jan 1 2016

Were saltpetre deposits a vital reason to go to war?It is, almost, an out-of-this-world thought that...

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...