The Stream

How does colonialism shape the world we live in?

The Stream looks at the impact of colonialism and how its history is remembered.

On Monday, December 9 at 19:30 GMT:
By the early 19th century, a vast majority of the world’s nations had been colonised by European powers. The empire-building and resource-driven exploitation of states and their populations continues to influence the world today – from language, religion, and cultural beliefs to legal and economic systems. In certain countries, colonial practices included slavery, genocide and the creation of political and ethnic divisions that remain to this day. Others have argued that Western colonisation, in some instances, benefited colonised populations with rule of law and infrastructure building.

In the first episode of a special week of shows on colonialism, the Stream discusses its impact, how its history is remembered, and where it persists today.


On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:


Akin Adeṣọkan, @iwalesino
Associate professor of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media Studies at Indiana University


Miguel de Barros
President of the Association of History Teachers


Priyamvada Gopal, @PriyamvadaGopal
Author of “Insurgent Empire: Anticolonialism and British Dissent”


Read more:

European colonialism conquered every country in the world but these five – Vox
In search of the ‘merits’ of colonialism – Al Jazeera