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  • 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. 



  • How Coffee Became a Modern Necessity

    Once used to fuel extraordinary acts of worship and creativity, coffee has become a necessity we rely on to meet the everyday demands of modern capitalism.


  • The Making of a Periphery

    by Ulbe Bosma

    How did the once-prosperous islands of Southeast Asia transform into a “peripheral” region?



  • Worcestershire Sauce and the Geographies of Empire

    by Julia Fine

    The complex origin of Worcestershire sauce reveals the ways that imperial ideals and aspirations — both in Britain and the colonies — structured not only British food habits, but also the ways in which companies presented such foods to the public.