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Professor Denis Judd-London Metropolitan University In the second part of a two-part course on the nearly six-century- long history of the British Empire, Professor Denis Judd picks up the narrative at the beginning of the 20th century. The fascinating saga unfolds from the death of Queen Victoria, through the First World War, the resulting tensions and divisions created within the Empire after the war, the enormous energy and resources the Empire used to fight World War II, and the final solution of Commonwealth reached in its aftermath and to the present...read more
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...read more