Western Cape Premier Helen Zille 's Twitter rant about colonialism caused an uproar as it brought back memories of a brutal and violent time in South Africa.
The empire's formal structures may have been gutted, but its influence lives on.
The BBC's Taboo is a timely reminder of the violent origins of globalisation, but its villains allow the viewer to disassociate imperial misdeeds from mainstream British history.
The East India Company offered men untold travel and riches – if they survived.
Having moved so far from its origins in 1788, perhaps Australia Day should now be a celebration of Australian 'ordinariness'.
The disdain for human life that underpinned the British Empire has been brought home.
The road to independence was not a simple tale of civil disobedience.
It was 1956 – and for Britain, things would never be the same again.
There are striking parallels between Eden's handling of Suez and Blair's march into the Iraq War.
Ending slavery didn't mean that the rights of Britain's colonial peoples were properly protected. Far from it.
A myth is doing serious injustice to the way historians have approached decolonisation.
The royal visit to Canada raises some important constitutional questions.
In the dying days of empire, the British financed a global cinema service.
For many people around the world, it's a bit of a mystery.
Time for this myth to be exploded – empire brought with it slavery, exploitation, racism and kleptocracy.
Is being rude to overseas visitors an attempt to hold on to the pride that comes with power?
Why those who want to lean on imperial relations should think again.
It's time for Britain to grow up, accept its place in Europe and, yes, join the euro.
The ongoing spread of English is unparalleled in world history. English dominates – in scholarship, business and international relations – but not all Englishes are created equal.
The leaders of Islamic State do not see their caliphate as an exercise in theocracy for its own sake, but as an attempt at post-colonial emancipation.