The British Empire shaped the planet's geopolitical landscape and played a major role in creating the modern world. While impacting on the lives of millions of people overseas, it created modern Britain too. This course examines the rise and fall of empire and its manifold legacies in Britain and beyond.
The British Empire was the most significant political entity in the world until the middle of the twentieth century and profoundly affected the lives of millions of people. Processes of imperial expansion and rule were integral to globalization, and the disintegration of the European empires significantly shaped the world in which we live today. The Empire deeply influenced Britain, too. The aim of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of the causes, course and consequences of British imperial history, from the origins of empire to decolonization and Britain's position in the world today. The subject is a broad one, but can be approached holistically given the proliferation of quality overviews of the Empire's history. The course focuses upon a number of key themes within the study of British imperial history and allows a wide range of choice for students in approaching their studies.
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