I had been entirely unaware of the literal burning of records of the British Empire as each colony gained independence, until @genmon mentioned it: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/29/revealed-bonfire-papers-empire
And... I'm almost speechless. What a clear admission of guilt that was just as hidden from those of us educated in Britain as from the newly independent countries.
I'm currently reading 'Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India' by Shashi Tharoor, and it really is the education I never had in school about the iniquities of (one part of) the British Empire.
@alx @eldang I asked around for recommendations a while back and didn’t get anywhere. What I was after is a start-to-end history of the British Empire so I can have a timeline/overview in my head and start deeper reading on particular themes or periods. But a history that isn’t also subtle propaganda