Conservatives like to paint a sanitized picture of British imperialism, but the empire was built on murderous exploitation. Modern Britain is finally coming to terms with the crimes on which its global power rested.
Jamie Maxwell is a Scottish journalist who writes for Al Jazeera, Vice, the New Statesman, the Herald, and many other publications.
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