Skip to main content

About this free course

Become an OU student

Download this course

Share this free course

Dundee, jute and empire
Dundee, jute and empire

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Dundee, jute and empire


This free course, Dundee, jute and empire, focuses on the economics of empire, and, in particular, of the British empire in the second half of the nineteenth century. It starts by introducing some of the debates surrounding the economics of British imperialism. It then goes on to explore how empire and imperial trade shaped economic structures and urban society in late nineteenth-century Britain.

To complete this course fully, you will need to buy Rachel C. Gibbons (ed.) (2006) Exploring History 1400–1900. An Anthology of Primary Sources, Manchester, Manchester University Press. However, the activities relating to this book are optional.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 2 study in History [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .