The British Empire lasted for centuries and covered large parts of the world. In order to understand Britain today it is necessary to know Britain's past as an imperial power. The reluctance to examine the legacy of the imperial period is found even among those who are proud of the past as an imperial power. There is hardly enough teaching in British schools and British institutions tend to shy away from the subject. In Empireland, Sathnam Sanghera argues that if the British want to understand themselves as a nation, they will have to confront their past.