ICYMI, Matt Goodwin sat in front of MPs and flat out said that, alongside China, historians 'challenging conventional wisdom' on empire are one of the biggest threats to free speech.
For those of you wondering if this claim is on its face completely contradictory and should have been called out as such, well, wonder no longer.
POV: You're a historian of empire. Imagine waking up one day and being told that you are now designated a 'danger to free speech' because you have an evidence-based alternative to prevailing assumptions about an imperial past.
It's sad because we don't have to imagine this, it happens with alarming, even weekly regularity now, predominantly to high profile female historians and scholars of the imperial past, pushed by a news media absolutely in love with its ability to create enemies of the people.
Dude said that with a straight face people. That is what we're dealing with here, an utterly untrustworthy actor on par with Rufo in the US, just so happens to know how to sound less like a habitual Stormfront forum user.

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5 Jun
As Richard Dawkins awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into an enormous corncob.
I mean, which is funnier:

- a working class German man waking up to discover himself transformed into an enormous beetle (and still expected to go to work).

- a tired gasbag tweets and wakes up from his evening nap to discover he's a massive corn cob.
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We have known for a long time now that utopian fictions are, virtually by definition, colonial.

What we have spent rather less time investigating is the reality that colonialism is, virtually by definition, utopian.

'terra nullius' is a violently utopian statement.
It imagines unused space 'out there' free for the peaceable taking, and accordingly naturalises all the appropriations which follow. It encourages one to imagine 'building a society out of nothing', itself a utopian propensity.
Quite a lot necessarily follows from describing all colonialism as by definition utopian. First of all, for the avoidance of doubt, this does not make it 'good'.

Second, it means there can be no such thing as 'accidental empire'. You don't accidentally imagine new societies.
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8 Aug 18
So. It says in the 'Life in the UK' test book that 1066 was the last successful foreign conquest of England. Which neglects or fully anglicizes Matilda and 1139 and the regency invasion of Isabella in 1326. Oh also the very successful invasion of 1688-9.

testing is going well...
wow their account of the first settlement of the Irish Pale is just offensive.
I am going to livetweet my experience of this 'history' book I am required to read.
#twitterstorians #badhistory #isthisjingoism #ihavelostallmydignity

lifeintheuktests.co.uk/study-guide/?c…
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27 Jul 18
I understand & support the sentiment inherent in this thread, but this is not a historically acceptable take on workhouses, they were not gulags, and their creation does not represent a moment in which a tiny elite forces through a form of radical transition to market capitalism.
I want to add to @SocialHistoryOx 's excellent thread, which lays out most of the main issues here. I won't repeat those.

Importantly, workhouses are NOT a 19th century creation writ large, nor is the push to minimize outdoor relief a 19th century development. You're about 100 years from the correct date for that process, which is best placed at 1723 with the Workhouse Test Act.
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