What can Britain and the Commonwealth learn from history?Posted by AlexT - 01/12/09 at 02:12 pm
In an article for The Round Table published in October 2001, Gott thinks the Commonwealth should encourage us to see imperial history through the eyes of its former subjects. He claims the current British government comments rashly on developments in other Commonwealth countries because it retains an air of empire.
He thinks the British education system should emphasise multiple imperial narratives, ranging from the dominant British narrative of imperial triumphalism to the narratives of aboriginal rebels.
He concludes that the countries of today’s Commonwealth must draw on a range of experiences in their historical teaching. The Empire will never go away, and its legacy continues to create havoc in places as diverse as Israel, Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka. It is important we fully understand its impact on all.
What are your own experiences of learning about the Empire and its legacy?