‘The government wants to reinforce a culture war debate over the past rather than looking at how the British Empire informed the structures governing our society and the material problems we suffer today.’
This week, Grace talks to Kojo Koram, who teaches in the School of Law at Birkbeck College and is the author of Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire, about why the government is trying to change the curriculum to include a more ‘balanced’ perspective on Britain’s empire.
We ask who actually benefitted from the days of formal empire, how imperialism continues to this day, and why the right are so keen to keep the culture wars alive.
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