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Empire: the Controversies of British Imperialism

The British Empire continues to cause enormous disagreement among historians. Find out why and join the debate.

Course Summary

Why to enroll this course?

The story of the British Empire begins with the Elizabethan Age and with galleons like this one, the Golden Hind, captained by the famous explorer, Sir Francis Drake.

But how did the British Empire happen?

We'll be thinking about the ways in which British culture might be understood to have sanctioned and sustained British imperialism and how the attitude of the British public towards empire was pivotal in its development and demise.

The British Empire is something that causes enormous disagreement amongst historians.

As we enter an age of unprecedented interconnections and a truly global economy, we can look back to its roots in the British Empire.

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