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Britain’s imperial century

Some historians refer to 1815 – 1914 as Britain’s ‘imperial century’. During this period there was an unprecedented expansion of formal empire: rather than securing authority and influence through cultural, …

The price of victory

Following Andrew Thompson’s exploration of the British imperial psyche, Rob Fletcher examines the imperial price of winning a World War. Victory in World War One presented opportunities for further expansion, …

Britain and Ireland: ambiguities of Empire

In this video, Gemma Clark cites the conquest and settlement of Ireland as a key example of the complex political, constitutional and imperial relationships within the British Isles. As you …

Britain and Ireland: ambiguities of Empire

In this video, Gemma Clark cites the conquest and settlement of Ireland as a key example of the complex political, constitutional and imperial relationships within the British Isles. As you …

Imperial Power and Globalisation

Historians are increasingly challenging the idea of globalisation as a very recent, post-1945 phenomenon. In doing so, they are showing that the longer history of globalisation stretches back through the …

Clothing as a Display of Colonial Authority

Letters open up questions; travel diaries take us on imagined journeys; clothes reveal global connections and photographs challenge established understandings. These materials are used by historians to open up alternative …

Imperial attitudes to sexuality

Note: This video shows and discusses sculptures and drawings of sexual activity which some may feel is not appropriate for learners under 16. In this video, Kate Fisher takes us …