ANS 391 • European Imperialism: British Empire
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
This reading and research seminar will discuss the causes of British expansion in the nineteenth century and the reactions to British conquest and rule. How did the British manage to establish colonial sway over a quarter of the globe? What were the aims of British colonial administration? How did the Empire affect the lives of Asians, Africans and others throughout the world and also the lives of those within the British Isles? The general aim is to study the history of the British Empire with the advantage of a post-colonial perspective on the roles as well as the ruler, on the colonized as well as the colonizers. Students may take the seminar either as a reading course (i.e. generally on the British Empire and Commonwealth but with a regional focus) or as a research seminar on India, the Middle East or Africa. May be repeated with a change in regional topic. The chronological focus in the semester will be the nineteenth century (especially in Africa and India) and, in the spring semester, the twentieth century (especially in the Middle East).
Ronald Robinson and John Gallagher, Africa and the Victorians Ronald Hyam, Britain's Imperial Century P.J. Cain, British Imperialism Crawford Young, The African Colonial State in Comparative Perspective