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Nevertheless within the space available there is a deliberate diversity of region, peoples and subject. The hope here is to start a hillside of academic hares and to stimulate the fuller pursuit of enquiries into the relationship between imperialism, culture and curriculum in the belief that the past is part of the present — to a degree often unrealized: 'The power of past images should not be underestimated. They remain impressed on a culture as a palimpsest, shaping and colouring all the images that evolve at later dates'.1