British empire

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Cream teas at dawn: inside the war for the National Trust
One of the UK’s most beloved organisations is under siege over its efforts to reckon with Britain’s slave-owning history. Who will win the battle for its soul?


Gaby Hinsliff

16, Oct, 2021 @8:45 AM

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UK urged to return sacred treasures hidden away for 150 years to Ethiopia
High-profile Britons urge return of plundered altar tablets that British Museum has never put on display

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

11, Oct, 2021 @9:27 AM

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Badenoch's empire comments speak to the enduring mentality of colonialism | Nesrine Malik
The equalities minister says she doesn’t care about Britain’s imperial impact. It’s a sign of how deep-rooted the legacy is, says Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik

Nesrine Malik

27, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The kaiser and the paperweight: how Cecil Rhodes helped inspire the first world war
The German monarch’s imperial ambitions were fuelled by the British colonialist – as the story behind a recently discovered relic reveals

Daniel Boffey in Doorn

19, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Was Afghanistan Britain's worst failure since Suez? It's a comforting fiction | Charlotte Lydia Riley
To invoke this one ignominious event ignores decades of dubious UK foreign policy decisions, says historian Charlotte Lydia Riley

Charlotte Lydia Riley

04, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Here’s what the right gets wrong about culture: it’s not fixed, it’s a living thing | Kojo Koram
The Tories see culture as something that needs to be protected, but it’s a shifting landscape transformed by each generation, says Kojo Karam of Birkbeck College

Kojo Koram

16, Aug, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Britain’s imperial history deserves better than petty culture wars | Saul Dubow
Newcastle council is re-examining Britain’s colonial past by adding context to its Boer war memorial. It is right to do so, says history professor Saul Dubow

Saul Dubow

13, Aug, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Secrets of rebel slaves in Barbados will finally be revealed
British Library releases vast trove of digitised 19th-century newspapers to bring stories of fugitives to life

Vanessa Thorpe

18, Jul, 2021 @8:30 AM

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UK faces reckoning after unmarked Indigenous graves discovered in Canada
Activists call on Britain to acknowledge its role in efforts to erase Indigenous culture

Leyland Cecco in Toronto

06, Jul, 2021 @2:17 PM

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Faces of 850 trans people to follow anticolonial rebel on fourth plinth
High-profile Trafalgar Square site to feature work by artists Teresa Margolles and Samson Kambalu

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

05, Jul, 2021 @12:26 PM

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The toxic legacy of the British empire in Canada’s residential schools | Letters
Letters: David Stirrup and James Mackay on Britain’s responsibility for systematic abuse and mistreatment of Indigenous children

Letters

02, Jul, 2021 @3:48 PM

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British rule in India: an abusive relationship | Letters
Letters: Arguments that ‘it was not all bad’ can quickly descend into a catalogue of justifications for atrocious acts and behaviours, writes Dr Nandini Boodia-Canoo. Plus letters from Geof Wood, John Griffiths and David Bentley

Letters

01, Jul, 2021 @5:26 PM

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