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We Need to Talk About the British Empire

Written by: Afua Hirsch
Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: History, World
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Making sense of the British Empire's legacy... through the stories of people who lived through it. 

Through six intimate conversations with a new generation of writers and historians - journalist Afua Hirsch tries to break through old cliches, and unpick the true legacy of this complicated and difficult inheritance. 

She speaks to leading figures in British culture today - from poet Benjamin Zephaniah to actress Diana Rigg, broadcaster Anita Rani to novelist Nadifa Mohamed - discovering vivid family stories of the people who made the Empire what it was. And she hears how its ripples continue to shape our lives, and sense of collective identity today: our attitudes and cultural values, the multicultural, multiracial population of the British Isles today, and the relationships that Britain has with other parts of the world. 

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We'll balanced and provides a diversity of experiences and topics from the four corners of empire.

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Fantastic podcast series!

Such an engaging and informative podcast, telling the story of the British Empire through the lived experience of those that were colonised and the colonisers. The podcast also highlights how the British Empire has shaped modern Britain. Highly recommend!

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Essential listening.

Brilliant narrative, immaculately produced, vitally important. Highly recommended.

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Eye opening

The history of British colonialism, with its roots in a brutal, racist caste system of their own, is fascinating and eye-opening.

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Absolutely attention grabbing material

Loved the personal insights into the history of the empire and the effects it had on their lives. I found their experiences totally relatable.