Podcast on The Aidan Project…

Aidan Coughlan has created a very strong podcast site – and asked me some very good questions about empire and Southeast Asia – you can listen to the results here here and here… We also talked about the myth of ‘Atlantis’. This podcast will be available soon. I enjoyed the experience and Aidan’s questions were sharp and well informed. As usual with any interview, I had a sense of making a few mistakes as we went along as well as fumbling a few arguments. My premise is that Europeans don’t think enough about the impact of colonialism – and in Britain surveys consistently reveal positive/approving views of empire. Most European nations conquered overseas empires – are surveys like this also carried out in France, Germany, Belgium, Portugal and Spain? We British an honest accounting with the past – and a national museum of Colonialism and Slavery would be a good start.  
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