Part Two of our three-part study of Britain and its empire 1500-2000, sees the Empire at the height of its global reach and power. Starting as formal British rule in India is established in the 1850s, we follow the trajectory of British power through to the eve of the Second World War. We look at the so-called “new imperialism” of the late nineteenth century; the development of the “white dominions”; critics of empire in the early twentieth century; scientific racism and imperialism; imperial crises such as the Boer War; the impact of the First World War; popular perceptions of Empire and attempts to “sell” it at home; the Raj and the rise of nationalist resistance; the emergence of the Commonwealth idea and the beginning of imperial decline in the inter-war years. We ask what role empire played in the economy, society and politics in Britain during this period. How much did Britons know or care about “their” empire? Was the Empire a benefit or a burden at its high-water mark? How did contemporaries view empire at home and abroad, and did optimism turn to pessimism and deeper criticism after the First World War?
Day: Tuesday Time: 10 am – 12 noon
10 weeks, 5th January – 16th March 2021
Half term break: 16 February
Online Learning Environment: Zoom
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Contact details: Alan Sennett
136 Gawsworth Road, Macclesfield, SK11 8UQ
telephone: 01625 665031 or 07812 772 682