Americans are likely to think of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as a time to celebrate the fresh start that a new year represents, but there is also a troubling side to the holiday’s history. In the
The post-apartheid state in South Africa inherited many colonial legacies. It has transformed considerably over the past 25 years. But it retains mechanisms of a state that secured power for a select at
How should we address the longterm trauma that was caused? As professor of the history of slavery, I aim to find out When my new role as professor of the history of slavery at the University of Bristol
Guardian readers respond to Afua Hirsch’s call for a London memorial to the victims of slavery Thank you for the article by Afua Hirsch (Britain was built on the backs of slaves, 23 October). I am 77.
A planned monument is at risk because of a lack of funds. What an undignified mess How’s your Black History Month going so far? I’ve given a dozen talks – including one at a large firm where I was heckled
The trading firm took command of an entire subcontinent and left behind a legacy that still impacts modern life. Think Google or Apple are powerful? Then you’ve never heard of the East India Company, profit-making