No class Thu 21 June, extra week on Thu 5 Jul to make this up.
Historian Andrew Griffiths recently asked, were the British 'willing imperialists'? This course assesses whether the empire mattered to people in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – in their working, domestic and cultural lives.
Some historians tend to downplay the importance of the empire to ordinary Britons, whilst others see it as a very important thing in the British mind during the last two centuries.
Was imperialism a force in society – or have we given it too much attention in retrospect?
Themes on the course will include:
How far did imperialism touch the lives of working class men, women and children?
How did people come into contact with empire through their work, leisure and domestic lives?
Was empire really that important in domestic politics?
Was empire important to ideas of 'Britishness'?
For Andrew Griffith's recent article, see: