History 311 (101) The British Empire after 1850
This course explores the history of the British Empire from the mid-nineteenth century to decolonization after the Second World War. We will consider the economic, social, and cultural consequences of empire in British colonies as well as in the British Isles. Throughout the course we will ask how empire influenced ideas of progress and modernity, and shaped conceptions of the nation, race, and gender, both in Britain and its colonies. As we encounter narratives of conquest, collaboration, resistance, and exchange we will interrogate the relationship between the periphery and metropole and evaluate the ways that historians have described this relationship.