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Jul 22, 2006 4:07 am


The Brutal Legacy of the British Empire



Richard Gott argues that all around the world, from Sierra Leone to Sri Lanka, the violent legacy of colonialism can still be witnessed. Read the full story here.

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Christopher Phillips - 7/24/2006

Yes...but at some time the colonial peoples need to learn to govern themselves and not blame the past. What about the positives of British colonialism? The British ideals of liberty, equality and justice drove most resistance movements.


M.D. Fulwiler - 7/22/2006

To follow up:

The last colonial power left Africa 40 years ago. The place is still a shithole.


M.D. Fulwiler - 7/22/2006

Sure colonialism is bad, but let's not romanticize most non-Western people as peace loving "noble savages" who wouldn't have a care in the world if it weren't for the white man. War and violence have been the rule in human history, peace and free trade the exception.


Sudha Shenoy - 7/22/2006

Sheldon, Have a look at the comments, esp. by 'Reconquista'(2 separate, very long ones), & J. Sreekanth.


Sheldon Richman - 7/22/2006

I often am hit with the thought that nearly every headache in the world has its source in some British colonial conduct. (An oversimplification, of course, but not far from the mark).


Sudha Shenoy - 7/22/2006

The times they are a-changing. Read the comments on Gott. Wow. In the _Guardian_ no less: defence of the Empire, people pointing out that India/Pakistan have been independent for 60 years & why haven't they solved Kashmir, etc. !!!

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