The British Isles in the long nineteenth century was a place of rapid expansion and growth, when the United Kingdom became the so-called 'workshop of the world'. It was also a period of conflict and uncertainty, where poverty and political unrest prompted widespread anxieties about the nature of progress. Taking up these different perspectives, in this module you 'll look at the landmark transformations of the period such as the political union of Britain and Ireland, industrialisation, the growth of cities, and the expansion of the British Empire. By focusing on one century, this module provides you with the space for a deep engagement with historical method and debate.
At its height the Roman empire stretched from Scotland to Syria. This module will introduce you to this empire, addressing questions such as how did this vast multicultural population of diverse ethnic, cultural and religious groups maintain itself? How was it viewed by those who ruled it? What forces held the empire together and what happened when these came under pressure? You'll learn how to use written sources and archaeological remains to explore these fundamental questions about what the empire was, how it worked, what it meant to be Roman, and the continuing legacy of the empire.
Empires have had a remarkable impact on world history over the last five centuries. The six blocks of this module each focus on a particular question, from 'What are empires?' to 'Why do empires end?' You'll consider the British Empire in detail before drawing comparisons with others, including those of France, the Netherlands, Russia, China and Spain. You'll study a wide range of primary sources, including letters and diaries, newspapers, political papers, paintings, photographs and newsreel footage.
This online course explores the intriguing world of bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic organisms ? an empire of creatures that extends into every facet of human life and the environment. is one of a series of 100-hour flexible online courses introducing fascinating topics in science. It allows you to learn about this topic just for interest and enables you to try out a new area of study before you commit yourself to further study. You can register and begin this course at any time and will have at least 6 months to complete it.
Historians on both sides of the Atlantic have argued that the empire was not an issue of popular interest in late nineteenth-century Britain and the United States. In this free course, Late nineteenth-century Britain and America: The people and the empire, we shall look more closely at the evidence available to ------ the truth of this argument. Were the working people, as opposed to the political leaders, interested in the issue of expansion? Was such interest evident only among certain sections of the community? Was it predominantly an enthusiasm for empire, or not? We shall also try to identify some of the reasons underlying the nature of the response. And we shall be interested in how far politicians found it worth their while to 'play to the gallery' and to manipulate popular opinion. Through it all, we shall be facing some acute problems of evidence: is it possible to discover what 'ordinary' people thought about expansionism?
How was Empire marketed? How did British authorities and companies try to persuade people that Empire was a ‘good thing’: worth supporting by showing preference for empire goods, travel, emigration and investment? Read our introduction first for an overview of this collection.