Rise and Fall of the British Empire

The spectacular rise and decline of the British Empire has left deep marks on the modern world. Much of what is meant by “modern”—from the spread of institutions such as capitalism and representative politics, to the construction of many of our present-day nations and borders, to the origins of some of the worlds deepest problems of poverty, inequality and conflict—cannot be understood without studying the British Empire. We will draw from literature, film and primary sources to explore how the Empire was created and challenged each day through the interactions of diverse individuals across the globe.

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