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Still from the movie Un rêve français (“A French Dream”) by Christian Faure, which tells the story of a young Guadeloupean couple during a little-known, tragic time of French post-colonial history. Eloa Prod 2018

A French ‘Windrush’? When French Caribbeans were treated as second-class citizens

Great Britain was not the only country behaving badly with its Caribbean population: France also experienced similar waves of post-war migration.
In this file photo, cognitive scientist and psychologist Steven Pinker addresses the Origins Symposium at Arizona State University on April 6, 2009 in Tempe, AZ. Shutterstock

‘Enlightenment Now’ rationalizes the violence of empire

Steven Pinker's latest work disturbingly casts aside the violent exploits and mechanistic logic of Eurocentric "progress."
The rebellious French generals Edmond Jouhaud, Raoul Salan, and Maurice Challe (from left to right) leave the General Delegation in April 23, 1961 in Algiers, after taking power (with General Zeller) to oppose the Algerian policy of General de Gaulle. The Public Salvation Committee intended to preserve French Algeria was formed on 13 May 1958 with General Massu as its president. AFP

‘I understood you!’: May 1958, the return of De Gaulle and the fall of France’s Fourth Republic

In May 1958 General de Gaulle returned to power and established the Fifth Republic. Yet despite the monumental changes of that time, many in France today still don’t understand what really happened.
The statue of Captain Cook in St Kilda, Melbourne, was painted pink on January 25 2018. DAVID CROSLING

How Captain Cook became a contested national symbol

The federal government will spend nearly $50 million over four years to commemorate Captain Cook's first landing. But some have questioned the spend.
Thomas Johnson’s illustration of his banana plant from The Herball Or Generall Historie of Plantes. Wikimedia Commons

The day bananas made their British debut

The story of Britain's favourite tropical fruit (and how it came to dominate the world).

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