Britain’s gulag — pride in the Empire but no shame at all?
Malika Ruzmetova

I have asked myself this question so many times. I was educated in England for four years; history lessons were spent making fun of Henry VIII, or worshipping the fact that he was brave enough to separate from the Roman Catholic Church. We very briefly glossed over the British Empire, but to me it felt like it was simply skipped. We went from Elizabeth I straight on to the suffragettes and the World Wars. It was very easy to paint Germany and later on Russia in a terrible way, but we never, not once talked about the horrors of the British Empire! Perhaps this pride and nostalgia of empire is simply an educational problem?

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