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colonialism



  • Pankaj Mishra’s Reckoning With Liberalism’s Bloody Past

    Indian critic Pankaj Mishra argues in a new book of essays that recent liberal concern about right-wing politicians declaring support for "western civilization" ignores the way that liberal colonialists have embraced ideas of cultural supremacy. 



  • Museums as Monuments to White Supremacy

    by Ana Lucia Araujo

    Recent protest and scholarship have highlighted the knowledge of major cultural institutions that artifacts in their collections were looted from Africa and other colonized places, and support calls to repatriate the artifacts. 



  • The World’s Most Important Body of Water

    by Daniel Yergin

    The author of a book on the dispute over control of the South China sea examines four critical decisionmakers whose actions shaped the present conflict. 



  • The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year

    “There was an event that happened in 1621,” Wampanoag historian Linda Coombs said. “But the whole story about what occurred on that first Thanksgiving was a myth created to make white people feel comfortable.” Native activists hope to disrupt the stories of Thanksgiving by questioning public history and by recovering indigenous food practices.



  • The Racist Lady with the Lamp

    by Natalie Stake-Doucet

    "Nursing historiography is centered on whiteness. Even worse, nursing history revolves largely around a single white nurse: Florence Nightingale. This, unfortunately, doesn’t mean nurses understand who Nightingale was."



  • Misremembering the British Empire

    Priya Satia's new book “Time’s Monster” joins a dense body of scholarship analyzing liberal justifications for empire. 



  • The Real Black History? The Government Wants To Ban It

    by Priyamvada Gopal

    Tory attacks on "victim narratives" in the history curriculum defend entrenched power and ignore the fact that Black British histories are about the power of protest and activism to make social change. 



  • How Bad History Feeds Far-Right Fantasies

    by Thomas Lecaque

    A fellow medievalist argues that Jeff Fynn-Paul failed to read or understand the historical literature before writing a controversial recent essay exculpating Europeans for mass death in the course of colonialism.