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The World's First Superpower: The Rise of the British Empire From 1497 To 1901

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Denis Judd

7 Hours 16 Minutes

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October 2008

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This course will examine the growth and development of the largest empire in world history -the British Empire-beginning with the late 15th-century Tudor dynasty in England and ending with the death of the Queen-Empress Victoria in 1901. By the beginning of the 20th century, there were very few countries or people who had not been affected, one way or another, by the impact of the British. The Empire itself by then covered over a quarter of the world's land surface, the Royal Navy dominated the oceans, and one in every four human beings lived under British rule. In this course, we shall proceed chronologically, but also look more closely at particular themes and countries. We shall seek to uncover and understand the essential historical truths about this mightiest of empires.

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