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colonialism



  • Is It Time to Repatriate Africa’s Looted Art?

    Museums now face a moral reckoning over artifacts stolen by people who took colonial violence and racial superiority as a given. It is time to start having honest conversations about righting those wrongs.



  • Africa's Medieval Golden Age

    by François-Xavier Fauvelle

    During the Middle Ages, while Europe fought, traded, explored and evolved, Africa was a continent in darkness, 'without history' – or so the traditional western narrative runs. In fact, as François-Xavier Fauvelle reveals, it was a shining period in which great African cultures flourished.



  • Present Absences: A Century of Struggle in Palestine (Review)

    For Khalidi, the British mandate established two parallel realities in Palestine: an embryonic nation-building project for the Jewish minority and the continuation of colonial policy for the Arab majority, whose question of self-determination was left unaddressed.



  • Learning From the Kariba Dam

    The history of the Kariba Dam is the story of a war over the past and the future of a river. 



  • Historians blast BBC for ‘unbalanced’ News At Ten report on Churchill

    Historians have criticised a BBC News report on Tuesday about Churchill’s role in the Bengal Famine, which killed three million people in 1943 and 1944. The report arguably blamed Churchill's racism without considering other material factors that lead to 3 million deaths. 



  • When Monuments Become the Narrative (review)

    "Leopold’s Legacy" by Oliver Leu is the most timely of books. It details how Belgian monuments to empire sustain narratives that abdicate responsibility, divert blame, and ultimately deny Belgium’s role in the mutilation and murder of millions of people.



  • It is Time to Reconsider the Global Legacy of July 4, 1776

    by Elizabeth Kolsky

    American independence unleashed a hemispheric conquest by the United States and a renewed commitment to empire by Great Britain. Both projects relied on racism, violence, and the devaluing of black and indigenous lives. 



  • When France Extorted Haiti – the Greatest Heist in History

    by Marlene Daut

    Because the indemnity Haiti paid to France is the first and only time a formerly enslaved people were forced to compensate those who had once enslaved them, Haiti should be at the center of the global movement for reparations.



  • Disputed African Artifacts Sell at Auction

    Chika Okeke-Agulu’s voice is one of many calling for the repatriation of African artworks in European and American collections that are thought to have been acquired through colonial exploitation or illegal looting.



  • A Statue Was Toppled. Can We Finally Talk About the British Empire?

    by Gurminder K. Bhambra

    Protesters who dumped Edward Colston's statue into Bristol harbor have forced a long-overdue discussion of how the British Empire conquered and governed in the past and set the stage for racial divisions in contemporary Britain.