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CLIP 13357

What can cricket tell us about the British Empire?

What can cricket tell us about the British Empire?
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  • What can cricket tell us about the British Empire?
  • Duration: 05:47
  • The British were obsessed with sport and games. They took their games all over the globe and tried to use it as a means of binding the various peoples of the Empire together. However, the aim did not always match the reality. In the Caribbean, for example, the whole population played cricket but the black and white populations rarely played together. Even when they did, white men were chosen to bat while blacks were the bowlers and fielders. These prejudices were long lasting and only overcome by the 1960s when the West Indies gained its first black captain and toured England, beating the England team in the series. There was a logical progression in other aspects of life. First broadcast on BBC One in February and March 2012 as part of the series Empire.
  • Subject:

    History

       Topic:

    Empires and Decolonisation

  • Keywords: EmpirePaxman, colony, legacy, impact, sport, cricket, Jeremy Paxman, colonies, Victorian, Jamaica, Sabina Park, Kingston Cricket Club, Frank Worrell, Oval.
Ideas for use in class
  • Questions to ask: Do you agree with the presenter about the importance of the idea of fair play eventually leading to independence?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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