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Empire: the Controversies of British Imperialism

University of Exeter via FutureLearn

Overview

Explore the British Empire through six controversial themes

Over six weeks, we’ll explore the British Empire through six themes - money, violence, race, religion, gender and sex, and propaganda. You’ll get to hear the stories of the fascinating individuals who contributed to both its rise and fall.

Along the way, you’ll be able to debate the questions these themes raise with learners from around the world, and draw your own conclusions.

You can start to explore the Empire and find out more about the Centre for Imperial and Global History on its blog, Imperial & Global Forum, or by following @ExeterCIGH on Twitter.

This course is intended for anyone with an interest in imperial history. It doesn’t require any reading before you start or previous experience of studying the subject.

Taught by

Richard Toye

Reviews

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  • Ben completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Really good course that open up new perspectives and makes you think about the controversies. I went in thinking it would be about historical controversies, but it turned out to be about current controversies in modern viewpoints and legacies of the British Empire. But it was still interesting, and, for an American, brought out many never thought-about aspects of Empire. My view of the legacy of Empire, and appreciation of its complexity, has risen as an outcome of this course.
  • Robert E.

    Robert completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The course was totally up to the students. There was no interface with the instructors. I also noticed that it was largely revisionist, meaning it applied today's standards of morality with actions taken 200 years ago. I also found some of the postings to be criticize everything at all times. I would not recommend the course to anyone trying to look at historic events, but rather those interested in pot shooting the British government.
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