SOURCE: The Guardian
by David Edgerton
The Conservative Party has turned toward a right-wing nationalism that has little use for the symbolism of the royals as the head of the wider British Commonwealth.
SOURCE: l'Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA), France
French Documentary Video: British Tory Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg at Age 12 Loved Money and Thatcher, Feared Future Alimony
A French interviewer and documentary crew interviewed the future Tory leader about his precocious interests in the stock market and his love of Margaret Thatcher.
SOURCE: The Guardian
He's the MP with the Downton Abbey Lifestyle. But the Shadow of Slavery Hangs over the Gilded Life of Richard Drax
The MP, an advocate for Brexit and a harsh critic of Black Lives Matter protests, now faces criticism over the centrality of Caribbean slavery to his family's vast fortune.
SOURCE: The New York Times
The British prime minister, trying to regroup in the coronavirus pandemic, wants to bury Thatcherism and embark on a program of ambitious public works.
Ewan Gibbs reviews Dominick Sandbrook's popular history of the Thatcher era
SOURCE: National Post (Canada)
The release of the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s first research strategy — following a two-year process of reflection that was nearly derailed by the federal government’s decision last year to rename it the Museum of History and rewrite its mandate — has revived the age-old debate over the politicization of Canadian history.With Canada’s 150th birthday approaching in 2017, and the bicentennial of the War of 1812 just passed with unusual fanfare, the public’s appreciation of Canadian history is ripe for revision, and not just because some of the flagship national museum’s exhibits date to the 1990s, not long after it was renamed from the National Museum of Man. From the rewritten citizenship guide that undid years of Liberal ideological dominance, to the renaming of Canadian military units to honour the monarchy, history is increasingly the lens through which the country sees itself, and a ripe target for those who wish to change it.Now that the words “critical understanding” have been struck from the museum’s mandate, however, critics fear that history without criticism becomes propaganda....
A government plan to rename the Canadian Museum of Civilization as the Museum of History abandons a successful brand and gives it a "deeply worrying" new mandate, says the man who led the museum from 2000 to 2011.Former CEO Victor Rabinovitch addressed the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage Wednesday evening, making his first public remarks since the government announced the proposed changes in the fall of 2012.He pointed to reviews in tourism guides about the country's largest national museum, which sees about 1.2 million visitors per year."If the Museum of Civilization stands out as such a good product, why would anyone want to change its brand?" he asked....
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