Tag Archives: imperialism

Sir Alexander “Bukhara” Burnes

After my recent trip to Samarkand, I’m continuing my posts on nineteenth-century Uzbekistan exploits. I found the following in my Bradt Guide to Uzbekistan. “The dashing captain, Sir Alexander Burnes, FRS (1805-41), cousin of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, joined the East … Continue reading

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Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope

Sorry for the long delay in posting–I was abroad for a while, but I’m back with a whole slew of new stories. I found the following in Barbara Holland’s They Went Whistling (2001). Holland writes, “Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope was born … Continue reading

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Leopold II of Belgium’s Bad Weekend

I found this amusing story from Anne de Courcy’s The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York (2017). For those who don’t know Leopold II of Belgium, he was a notoriously cruel imperialism who committed unspeakable atrocities in his … Continue reading

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Victorian Snark Theatre 3000: Fievel Goes West

It’s time for another installment of Victorian Snark Theatre 3000! And this time we’ll be discussing Fievel Goes West (1991). As you guys know, I watch a lot of shitty long nineteenth century-inspired films with my good friend @VictorianMasc (whose … Continue reading

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Yaa Asantewaa

Way back in they day I did a series of “Badass Women” posts about understudied nineteenth-century hellions, including Isabella Bird, Mary Fields, Mother Jones, Mary Kingsley, Belle Starr, Belle Boyd, Si Mahoud, Mrs. Cheng, and others. I’ve decided that since … Continue reading

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The Fisk Mummy

I originally found this story on Atlas Obscura’s blog here. Anything in quotations is from that blog. I’ve also done some additional research of my own. Let’s talk today about the Fisk Burial Case, or the “Fisk Mummy”, a coffin … Continue reading

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Bad “Jungle Book” Covers

It’s another Bad Book Covers! And today I fulfill my (long-standing) promise to look at some bad The Jungle Book covers. This post ended up being really difficult, because the vast majority of covers I found were beautifully and thoughtfully done. … Continue reading

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