The Dark History of the U.K.’s Biggest Mansions | Empires of Dirt

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VICE World News host Zing Tsjeng investigates how many of the UK’s beloved country homes are steeped in colonial and slave trade connections. The answer? A lot of them.

Once a symbol of aristocratic power and influence, now these country manors are visited by millions of tourists every year. But lurking behind the fancy exteriors are legacies of Britain's colonial past, with many built or bought with the profits of forced labour. Heritage organisations have started to work on research projects to understand the true context of these country homes.

The houses themselves have stood for centuries, let them stand with a deeper knowledge and understanding of their – unairbrushed – historical context.

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Empires of Dirt is a show about Europeans getting rich at the expense of everyone else. VICE World News host Zing Tsjeng uncovers the ugly history of the European colonial empires they don’t teach us in schools. Countries around the world were looted for their treasures, people were oppressed and exploited and European powers relentlessly profited.

The far-reaching repercussions of colonialism are all around us, from our financial institutions to the food we have in our cupboards at home – and it’s about time we took notice.

Watch more from this series:

How Banks Made Money From Slavery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUfMkIx7Ypg&t=1s

How Britain Stole $45 Trillion from India with Trains
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_jGPf764d0&t=161s

How Britain Got China Hooked on Opium
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbHAWNQRV70&t=1s

Sugar & Slavery: The Building Blocks of Bristol’s 1%
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4GtcMCTm_4

How the British Empire Exported Homophobia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DQYu4iBNiQ

Should Museums Return Their Stolen Objects?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zmmqL0RIdk

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