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    Skidmore College
   
 
  Oct 22, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Catalog 2017-2018
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HI 110H - The British Empire: An Introduction


Credits: 4
An introductory survey of the British Empire from its earliest beginnings in the sixteenth century through decolonization in the post-World War II era. Students will focus on the political, economic, cultural, and ecological causes and consequences of British overseas expansion. Topics include the ecological and biological impact of British imperialism; Elizabethan commercial expansion; the plantings of Ireland; early settlements in the New World and the impact on indigenous peoples; the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the plantation system in the Caribbean; the American Revolution and the end of the first British Empire; the ideologies of the British Raj in India; the "New Imperialism" of the late nineteenth century and the "scramble for Africa"; the transfer of technology and culture; and decolonization and the contemporary legacy of empire. 
Note(s): (Fulfills social sciences requirement; designated a Cultural Diversity Course.)
T. Nechtman



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