Britain and the Aftermath of Empire Kojo Koram
Kojo Koram uncovers the scandal of Britain’s disastrous treatment of independent countries after empire – and how those decisions continue to affect the damage being done in Britain today and to its economy.
In his book Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire, Kojo Koram traces the tale of how an interconnected group of British intellectuals, politicians, accountants and lawyers offshored their capital, seized assets and saddled debt in former territories of the British Empire.
This enabled horrific inequality across the globe as ruthless capitalist profited and ordinary people across Britain’s former territories were trapped in poverty. It has also had ramifications back home in Britain, where many are wondering what happened to sovereignty and prosperity in the years following decolonisation.
He joins us at the Festival of Economics to discuss the impact of Britain’s disastrous treatment of independent countries following the end of the empire – and how the decisions of this time have contributed to the forces that are breaking Britain today.
Koram draws on his own personal history of growing up between Britain and its former colony of Ghana, as well as his research in international law, history and economics, to offer a fresh narrative through which we can understand the crisis engulfing Britain.
Buy Kojo Karam’s Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire now from Bookshop.org.
Kojo Koram is a writer and an academic, teaching at the School of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Ore Ogunbiyi co-hosts The Economist’s daily podcast, The Intelligence, which boasts three million monthly listeners. She was previously the health-care and consumer correspondent in the paper’s business section.
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