On Colonialism: A Response to Nigel Biggar’s Reply

The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History has recently published my Extended Critique of Nigel Biggar’s book Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning. Prof. Biggar’s Reply was published alongside it. Like his history of colonialism, Biggar’s reply has unorthodox features, some of

The Economist: What the Crown Jewels Reveal About Britain’s Colonial Past

https://www.economist.com/culture/2023/05/26/what-the-crown-jewels-reveal-about-britains-colonial-past “Modern attitudes towards the legacy of colonialism are shifting. Younger Britons are more sceptical than their parents about their country’s role in world history. And as historians scrutinise sources from former colonies, hard truths about Britain’s historical empire are emerging. People are eager to know more. Community groups who were consulted during research for the exhibition said they wanted to learn about the Koh-i-Noor and Cullinan diamonds, explains Mr Farris. In a similar vein, many Western museums are becoming increasingly transparent about contested objects in their collections. Yet even this retain and explain policy can meet resistance. Professor Lester […]

Review of Nigel Biggar, Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning

Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning has been very positively reviewed in certain right-wing oriented publications and is a best-seller. Those who take pride in the British Empire see it as a key resource with which to defend its record. Here is my review (click here), written from the perspective of someone who has researched that empire for decades.