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New Economics Podcast: How did the British Empire write the rules of today’s economy?

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Podcasts New Economics Podcast: How did the British Empire write the rules of today’s economy? Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Dr Kojo Koram By Ayeisha Thomas-Smith 30 May 2022 Outside of the frenzied headlines about woke warriors cancelling Jane Austen and stately homes, we’re living in a period of renewed consideration of Britain’s colonial history. The British Empire began before the English Civil War, and shaped our country for 400 years. At its height, it covered almost a quarter of the entire world’s population. Beyond statues and

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New Economics Podcast: How did the British Empire write the rules of today’s economy?

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Dr Kojo Koram


Outside of the frenzied headlines about woke warriors cancelling Jane Austen and stately homes, we’re living in a period of renewed consideration of Britain’s colonial history.

The British Empire began before the English Civil War, and shaped our country for 400 years. At its height, it covered almost a quarter of the entire world’s population. Beyond statues and street names, how is the empire still shaping our lives today?

Ayeisha is joined by Dr Kojo Koram, lecturer in law at Birkbeck and author of Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire.

  • Further reading from Perry Anderson here and Tom Nairn here
  • Find the Tax Justice Network’s Tax haven ranking here
  • Grab a copy of Empire’s Endgame by Dr Kojo Koram, Adam Elliot-Cooper and others here

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