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History of the British Empire, 1763-1900


Value: half unit


Dr Zoe Laidlaw


Taught through weekly lectures and weekly follow-up seminars


2-hour exam (50%), best one of two coursework essays (40%), oral presentation (10%)

This half-unit charts a period of dramatic change, during which the British Empire was transformed by the loss of the 13 American colonies; enormous territorial expansion in India and Africa; the abolition of slavery; and the growth of settler societies in Canada, southern Africa and Australasia. The course considers British imperialism from both a metropolitan and a colonial viewpoint: as well as the impact of British debates about race, economics, government and religion on the empire; it charts indigenous responses to, and rejections of, colonialism in regions including India, New Zealand, the Caribbean and Africa. By the end of the course students should have a good understanding of the expansion of the British empire and will be well-equipped to proceed to related Group 2 and Group 3 courses.


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