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Shadow Education Eecretary Tristram Hunt © Will Whittaker

Shadow Education Eecretary Tristram Hunt © Will Whittaker

Early in his tenure as Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove followed the historian Niall Ferguson in calling for history lessons in schools to “celebrate” the legacy of the British empire. In his new book, “Ten Cities that Made an Empire”, Gove’s Labour shadow Tristram Hunt offers a more equivocal, though not straightforwardly critical, exploration of that legacy. Hunt takes ten former outposts of empire, from Hong Kong to Bombay, and “traces the history of these cities, their ruling ideas and their place within the story…

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