Sun, 07 Oct 2018, 14:30
Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham (UK), The Times Forum, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW
Appearing at the Cheltenham Literary Festival
Nearly 70 years after the sun set on it, the legacy of the British Empire is still highly controversial. Did it spread democracy and the rule of law around the world? Or did it exploit and enslave millions of indigenous people? The historian and broadcaster Ben Macintyre joins Professor of Postcolonial Studies at the University of Sussex, Gurminder K. Bhambra, the writer, businessman and former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips and Nigel Biggar, director of the Ethics and Empire project at Oxford University, to debate the real meaning of the British Empire and how it should be taught to a new generation.