Spring 2022 Courses / History / RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Coordinators: Judy Hampson, Jennifer Jolly, Donna Ramer

At its zenith, Great Britain owned territories across the world and yet, during the 20th century, the empire started to crumble and now little of it is left. What happened?

We’ll talk about the key events that led to Britain’s worldwide dominance, such as the growth of her rule in India, the African colonies, Canada, Australia, the Americas, and the Middle East.

Then we’ll address the events that led to the fall of her once-great Empire, including social changes after World War II, Indian independence, the Suez crisis, the loss of African colonies, and so on. What lessons can we learn from all of this today?

What lessons can we learn from all of this today?

B WEEK / TUES / 10:30am to 12:00pm

Spring 2022 Class Schedule: Rise and Fall of the British Empire




Feb 08

Judy Hampson

The Beginning of the End:  an overview of how the Empire reached its peak and began to collapse

Feb 22

Sandy Gordon

The Mau Mau Rebellion and Kenya

Mar 08

Sandy Frank

Britain's Industrial Revolution

Mar 22

Mary Anne Donnelly


Apr 05

June Zaccone

Free Trade as Imperialism: British industrialization and the Destruction of Indian Cotton Handicrafts

Apr 26

Irene Winkler

The Caribbean after the end of Slavery

May 10

Jennifer Jolly

The Raj and leaving India, followed by a celebration

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