British empire

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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


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


01, Jul, 2021 @5:26 PM

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I turned down an MBE – I don’t want an honour glorifying the British empire | Nikesh Shukla
I was offered an MBE for ‘services to literature’, but I can’t think of anything I want less, writes author Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla

14, Jun, 2021 @12:10 PM

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Trevor Phillips: ‘Battles over history make everything about white people and their guilt’
The writer discusses his role on the new Heritage Advisory Board set up to guide the national debate on Britain’s past

Vanessa Thorpe

30, May, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Oxford Rhodes statue should be turned to face wall, says Antony Gormley
Sculptor suggests solution to row over keeping statue of colonialist in place at Oriel College

Damien Gayle

29, May, 2021 @9:45 AM

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More than just a statue: why removing Rhodes matters | Simukai Chigudu
In the context of a worldwide movement against race hate, Oriel College’s position makes no sense, says Simukai Chigudu, associate professor of African politics at the University of Oxford

Simukai Chigudu

24, May, 2021 @2:48 PM

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Patriotism, Prince Philip and the monarchy | Letters
Letters: Readers respond to Afua Hirsch’s article about British people’s complex attitudes to the royal family


19, Apr, 2021 @3:40 PM

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We can mourn Prince Philip, but not the monarchy | Afua Hirsch
The Duke of Edinburgh may have been a man of his time, yet the royal family cannot be separated from the history of empire, says Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch

Afua Hirsch

15, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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What uncovering my family's Nazi history taught me about how we approach the past | Géraldine Schwarz
Heinous crimes committed years ago cannot be excused by appealing to the ‘social context’ of the age, says author Géraldine Schwarz

Géraldine Schwarz

02, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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