SOURCE: The Guardian
British Universities are Researching Ties to Slavery. Conservative Alumni Say "Enough"
Historian Nicolas Bell-Romero found that influential Cambridge backers were happy to learn of the links between the university and famous abolitionists, but not on the university's historical links to an imperial elite that benefitted from the slave trade, part of a broad battle about the politics of British history.
SOURCE: History Workshop
Ayahs, Amahs and Empire: The History of Domestic Care Work under Colonialism
by Julia Laite
The history of domestic and child care work has become increasingly robust, but museums and public exhibitions have struggled to find ways to represent the work and experiences of women, many from south Asia, who traveled with white colonial families to perform this labor, putting marginalized people in charge of the empire's children.
SOURCE: New York Times
Why More of the Anglophone World Wants to Ditch the British Crown
“There is a growing gap between Britain’s perception of its own empire and how it’s perceived everywhere else,” said William Dalrymple, a prominent historian of British India. “And that gap keeps growing.”
SOURCE: Oxford UP Blog
Where to Look for the Evidence of Colonial Violence
by Erik Linstrum
The British government's efforts to conceal potentially embarrasing records as decolonization accelerated in the 1950s and 1960s means that historians need to know where to look for contemporary evidence of the violence of colonization and counterinsurgent tactics.
SOURCE: The Nation
Review: Lingering Ghosts of British Empire
by Priya Satia
Journalist Sathnam Sanghera insists that British education needs to renew a focus on empire to allow students to understand the global significance of empire and colonialism in the present, particularly as contemporary Brits debate the merits of a multicultural society.
SOURCE: North American Conference on British Studies
The Pugilistic Pastor: Nigel Biggar and the Imperial History Wars
by Dane Kennedy
The recent "Colonialism" won’t win over many historians, but it isn’t meant to. Its target audience is right-wing ideologues, whose grievances and opinions it both echoes and enhances.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera
Brits Don't Need to Compare Refugee Policy to Nazis—British History is Cruel Enough
by Priyamvada Gopal
"As its government demonises undocumented people seeking shelter today, it is worth remembering that Britain has historically been more a refugee-making country than a refugee-taking one."
How Barbados's Reparations Movement Found the International Spotlight
The availability of clear records tying British families – like that of actor Benedict Cumberbatch – to Caribbean slavery has made the movement for reparations in Barbados and other island nations very visible, if not yet successful.
SOURCE: The New Republic
The Ostensibly Apolitical Nature of the Royals Explains Americans' Obsession
by Suzanne Schneider
The Royals appeal to an American fantasy of power without politics, in which civility and decorum conceal the process of determining a society's winners and losers.
Andrew Roberts Blows Up on MSNBC Over Queen's Link to Colonialism
The British historian and host Ali Velshi butted heads over the mentioning of colonialism and its part in the late Queen's legacy.
Not All Roads Lead to Kashmir
by Andrew Howard
A recent tragedy on a historically contentious railway route shows that decisions about infrastructure development are made with symbolic and emotional considerations as well as pragmatic ones.
SOURCE: The Baffler
Review Essay: The Bloody Business of the British Conquest of Nigeria
by Adewale Maja-Pearce
Self-serving stories of the civilizing mission of British Christianity paper over the brutality of colonialism.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
The British Empire Was Worse Than You Probably Think
Historian Elizabeth Elkins's new book on the British Empire "contends that Britain’s use of systematic violence was no better than that of its rivals. The British were simply more skilled at hiding it."
You Can't Teach "Pros and Cons" When it Comes to Empire
by Priya Satia
Far from encouraging critical thinking, the "balance sheet" approach to teaching historical atrocities like slavery or imperialism flatters the mythologies created by the powerful to excuse violence against others, says a historian of empire and parent of a high school student.
We, The Abuser State
by Jules Gill-Peterson
Texas's announcement of a policy defining some support for transgender youth as "child abuse" echoes the abuses of colonial authorities on gendered minority groups.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Barbados Declares Republic, Rejects Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State
Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced last year that the nation of 300,000 would become a republic by Tuesday, the 55th anniversary of its independence.
SOURCE: The Guardian
Records of 320,000 Punjab Soldiers from Great War Uncovered`
The records have the potential to fill gaps in understanding and even dispel popular myths and misunderstandings about the participation of South Asian troops in the British military in World War 1.
Britain's Financial Hub Confronts its Involvement with Slavery
"Lloyd's and the Bank of England have each hired a historian to delve into their roles in the slave trade and are planning on publicizing the results in the next year."
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
The US Repeated Mistakes of the Past in Afghanistan
by Ali A. Olomi
"By flooding Afghanistan with payoffs, bribes and aid, the British created a system of endemic corruption in which local chieftains and favorable bureaucrats would enrich themselves while the rest of the country remained relatively poor."
SOURCE: The New Yorker
Britain’s Idyllic Country Houses Reveal a Darker History
About a third of the historic homes managed by Britain's National Trust have been linked to fortunes made through slavery and colonialism. The agency's efforts to present this history has been controversial.
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