18:00 – 18:50
Saturday 10th April
This is an online event hosted on the British Library platform. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.
The British Empire ran for centuries and covered vast swathes of the world and is fundamental to understanding Britain. However, even among those who celebrate the empire there seems to be a desire not to look at it too closely – not to include the subject in our school history books, not to emphasize it too much in our favourite museums.
Join Nesrine Malik in conversation with Sathnam Sanghera for a fascinating insight into how so much of what we consider to be modern Britain is actually rooted in our imperial past: from how we live to how we think, from the foundation of the NHS to the nature of our racism, from our distrust of intellectuals in public life to the exceptionalism that imbued the campaign for Brexit and the government’s early response to the Covid crisis. Based on Sanghera’s latest book, Empireland, which explores the myriad ways imperialism has shaped modern Britain.
This event is kindly supported by History Hit