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HIS 329 Empire: British Imperialism and Colonialism Humanities & Social Sciences Program Fall 2021 Semester AAU Only - Prague

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HIS 329 Empire: British Imperialism and Colonialism

HIS 329 Empire: British Imperialism and Colonialism Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Anglo-American University
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Primary Subject Area: History
Instruction in: English
Course Code: HIS 329
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 42
Prerequisites: HIS 103 - World History I


This course offers an in-depth introduction to the British Empire and British imperialism from the early modern period until the 20th century, including its legacy down to contemporary times.

The course charts the story of the British Empire, encompassing its uncertain and incoherent beginnings; the development an Atlantic world commercial and geopolitical system based on slavery; the shock of the American Revolution; the opening up of a 'Second Empire' in Asia and the southern hemisphere; the British transition from preeminent slave traders to global abolitionists; the Victorian imperial mission and its consequences; and the Empire's twilight years in the era of the two world wars.

The course is keenly interested in exploring the historiography of the Empire. It requires students to read and reflect critically on the key questions and answers generated by historians and the debates which these contributions have inspired. Having completed the course, the student will have an enriched appreciation of the complexity and significance of the British Empire.

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