If one were to search for a dictionary definition of the term ‘history’, it’s fairly likely that what they would find would be something along the lines of “the study of past events”.
When I hear people say that they are proud to be British, I can’t help but ask: what exactly are you proud of? Before I cause any offence, let me clarify. Pride for your Britishness is not the issue. I myself was born in Britain to Italian parents and am immensely proud of my culture and where I come from. But all too often, nationalistic pride is paired with pride for the achievements and strength of past empires, all whilst ignoring the bloodshed, war crimes, and seizure of sovereignty in the process.