What can eighteenth-century ceramics tell us about empire? Elisabeth Grass examines how fine china tea cups and saucers became fashionable commodities that represent some of the many ways in which empire appeared, and was normalised, in British homes.
‘Stolen’, ‘plundered’ and ‘more than art’. Meg Foster looks at the living spiritual and cultural meanings of ‘objects’ featured in the Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Britain’s Brexit shambles owes much to historical mythologies about Britain’s role in the Second World War, shaped by imperial legacies. Robert Knight explores Joe Wright’s much praised film Darkest Hour as a prominent recent example, hailed as ‘superb Brexit propaganda’.
The British Empire was built on economic and racial exploitation and now that debt must be recognised, writes Gurminder K. Bhambra.
Secretary of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign Bernard Regan gives an activist’s perspective on the history of the Cuban Revolution and explains why the Campaign continues to fight today.
In the second of our History Workshop World Cup series, Charlotte Lydia Riley explores England football fans’ relationship to national identity, white masculinity, and post-imperial melancholia.
For the latest post in our Radical Books series, Ole Birk Laursen tracks the influence of Maxim Gorky’s anti-Tsarist poem ‘Song of the Falcon’ on Russian and Indian revolutionaries before the Russian Revolution
As popular ideas of British empire become a battleground in Brexit Britain, Charlotte Lydia Riley examines the emergence of imperial history wars
Naomi Hossain compares President Trump’s handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017 to the Pakistani government’s response to the 1970 Bhola Cyclone in Bangladesh, to examine the implications of disaster for legitimacy, imperial power and democracy.
The Wretched of the Earth was the final work of Frantz Fanon, a fearless critic of colonialism and a key figure in Algeria’s struggle for independence. This new history of the ‘Third World’ depicted the unresolved and open-ended nature of the struggle for liberation.