Britain and its Empire 1868 - 1918 Term Paper

An analysis of the history of the British Empire from 1868 - 1918 and its impact on Britain.
# 150429 | 1,103 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | GB
Published on Feb 16, 2012 in History (British) , History (Expansion of British Empire)

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This paper examines how the British Empire had a considerable impact on Britain in the period 1868 - 1918. It looks at how the huge demand for extra goods contributed heavily to the industrial revolution which then contributed to the shift from the countryside to the towns and how these factors combined to create new power groups and class consciousness in Britain which led to the birth of the welfare state in the early twentieth century. The paper also examines how the literature from the time, as well as further evidence from other sources also highlights a strong sense of pride in the empire which therefore leads us to conclude that the Empire had a considerable impact on day to day life in Britain.

From the Paper:

"Campbell's work is also useful in that it provides a useful source to examine British attitudes to the Empire. Campbell himself certainly believes that the British people should be proud of the Empire that they have created. Perhaps the only negative point that was considered at the time related to the issue of slavery and the empire and the fact that the empire had subjugated a significant proportion of the world. However, Mcdonaugh argues that the prevailing view at the time still revolved around the idea of the British nation saving the world by introducing them to advanced British values. This was something which was borne out also by the predominance of the Church and the Missions which went to places like Africa in order to introduce Christianity. These are reflected by literature such as Mungo Park's Travels of the Interior of Africa. Despite the fact that this was written before the era we are focusing on it nonetheless represents the views of the majority of the British people who were simply unable to travel to such parts of the world owing to financial limitations. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Campbell, George The British Empire; Bibliobazaar: London, 1887;
  • Mcdonaugh, Frank. The British Empire 1815 - 1914; Hodder and Stoughton: London, 1994;
  • Moore, Barrington. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World; Beacon Press: London, 1993;
  • Park, Mungo. Travels in the Interior of Africa; London, 1805;
  • Pugh, Martin State and Society: a social history of Britain since 1870; Bloomsbury: London, 2008;

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