By Invitation

Why the Empire debate matters

The days of Empire may have long gone, but the rise of new powers and ethno-nationalism has revived interest in the colonial legacy and its impact on our world today

No historian, regardless of his or her dexterity and flair in writing, could conceivably write a "happy" history of World War II.

And if a historian did attempt such a venture, others would probably regard such an enterprise with some degree of bewilderment, or even take offence at the thought that such a thing had been attempted in the first place.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2018, with the headline 'Why the Empire debate matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe