Untangling history’s greatest controversies

Every month, host Zach Cornwell takes a hard look at the historical conflicts that raise difficult questions, stoke controversy, and send our moral compasses spinning.

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Curse of the Koh-I-Noor Diamond

The infamous Koh-I-Noor diamond currently sits in the Tower of London among the crown jewels of the British monarchy, but its bloody, eon-spanning journey began in the riverbeds of ancient India. Cut, coveted, and stolen multiple times over, this is the story of the world’s most controversial gem. Told through a series of five chapters, we will look at some of the diamond’s most consequential owners, and how it shaped (or destroyed) their lives.

SOURCES:

Dalrymple, William; Anand, Anita. Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond. 2016.

Tharoor, Shashi. Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India. 2017.

Axworthy, Michael. Sword of Persia: Nader Shah. 2006.

Singh, Patwand; M. Rai, Jyoti. Empire of the Sikhs: The Life and Times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. 2008.

Atwal, Priya. Royals and Rebels: The Rise & Fall of the Sikh Empire. 2020.

Eraly, Abraham. The Mughal Throne: The Saga of India’s Great Emperors. 2004.

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