The last fortnight has seen many statues associated with racism and colonialism torn down. When were they originally put up, and what can that tell about the history of whiteness and empire? Peter Hill explores.
With debates over the public history of empire and colonialism intensifying across Europe, Afonso Dias Ramos explores the controversy in Portugal over the use of the term “Discoveries” to encompass the country’s complex colonial past.
‘Anglo-Saxons’ has long been associated with the early English people, but this label suffers from a long history of misuse. Mary Rambaran-Olm explores the racist legacy of this term.
What are the historical roots of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party? David Feldman explores.
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’.