Against the Grain

History’s Complicity in Empire

What role do historians, and the discipline of history itself, play in how historical events unfold? Priya Satia contends that historians were key architects of British imperialism, that history enabled empire in fundamental ways. She also contests the notion that history unfolds in a linear and progressive fashion, and discusses the work and impact of the working-class historian E. P. Thompson.

Priya Satia, Time’s Monster: How History Makes History Belknap Press, 2023 (paper)


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