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This course traces the events surrounding the creation of the British Empire, including economic, social and cultural aspects of British rule, the Empire's demise following World War I, the debate over British motives and the legacy of the Britain's Empire.
The British Empire was the largest world empire in history. Australia, Canada, India and much of the African continent were among the British Empire’s imperial possessions. At its height in the early 20th century, nearly one quarter of the world’s people and land were part of “the empire on which the sun never sets.” Today, former British possessions make up nearly one quarter of the membership of the United Nations. This course traces the events surrounding the creation of the Empire, including economic, social and cultural aspects of British rule and the Empire’s demise following World War I. Two decades after the handover of Hong Kong to China, which many consider “the end of Empire,” historian Newell Boyd, Ph.D., revisits the debate over British motives and the legacy of the Empire on the modern world.
Newell Boyd, Ph.D., is a semi-retired professor of history whose primary teaching field is Victorian Britain and the British Empire. He is also an instructor in the Master of Liberal Studies program at Rice University and has been published in a variety of books and scholarly journals in the field of British history. He has published two historical novels on the lives of Joseph Chamberlain and John Ruskin. Dr. Boyd holds a doctorate in history from Texas Tech University and has done post-doctoral research at the University of London, Birmingham University, the London School of Economics, Oxford University, the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London and is a member of England’s Society of Authors and the Royal Historical Society.
Term: Spring/Summer 2018
Start Date: March 22, 2018
End Date: May 10, 2018
Schedule: 2–3:30 p.m.
Length: Eight Thursdays
Location: Rice campus
Early Registration: $215 if registering by March 8