Britain’s methods of colonial extraction during the imperial age laid the groundwork for inequalities in the legal and economic structures of today’s world, argues Kojo Koram in his analysis of the aftermath of empire. Review by Stephen Williams.
There have been a number of studies of the British Empire and its enduring legacies in recent years – long overdue and most welcome as we attempt to untangle the complexities of historic injustices.
A special mention must be made of Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera, the scion of a Punjabi Sikh family that settled in the English Midlands.
Kojo Koram, the author the book under review here – Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire – has a different background. His family were from Ghana, but like Sanghera he brilliantly exposes the ghastly reverberations of the influence of the British Empire – the largest empire in history, which held sway over much of the world’s surface area as well as the world’s oceans,…