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Conditions in the Caribbean 100 years after abolition
Conditions in the Caribbean 100 years after abolition

Duration: 00:01:35

The continuing poverty and lack of opportunity facing most of the population of the Caribbean under British rule in the 1930s, despite the fact that slavery ended over a century earlier.

 
How did the British Empire affect migration?
How did the British Empire affect migration?

Duration: 07:54

The British Empire was founded on conquest or trade but all the great projects needed workers. Throughout its history the Empire transported huge numbers of people, willingly or unwillingly, to provide labour for sugar, tea, rubber or railways. In the process they left a profound impact on many parts of the world.

 
How did the British gain control of India?
How did the British gain control of India?

Duration: 04:10

India was the most valuable and most important possession of the British Empire. Initially entering India for trade, the British gradually built up wealth and power and used military might as well as political intrigue to take over.

 
How did Victorian values affect life in the British Empire?
How did Victorian values affect life in the British Empire?

Duration: 08:05

Early British colonists were more inclined to accept and even adopt Indian culture and customs. During the Victorian period British attitudes hardened and the Empire strove to spread British values and attitudes to India. Trying to live a British life in India could take a heavy toll, however.

 
India 1947: Partition, violence and refugees
India 1947: Partition, violence and refugees

Duration: 01:12

When the British left India in 1947 the country was partitioned into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. Violence flared and millions became refugees.

 
Life in the British Empire
Life in the British Empire

Duration: 04:26

The British takeover of Kenya made way for a high standard of living for many of the colonists. However, African tribes were seen as primitive and in need of civilisation.

 
The birth of African Kenya
The birth of African Kenya

Duration: 02:55

After the death of 115,000 Mau Mau, 167 British soldiers and 1,800 civilians, Britain gave Kenya its independence.

 
The division of Africa
The division of Africa

Duration: 03:20

In the late 19th century, European powers divided up a seemingly ownerless Africa between them, giving what is now Kenya to Britain.

 
The first meeting of Europeans and indigenous Australians, 1770 (audio)
The first meeting of Europeans and indigenous Australians, 1770 (audio)

Duration: 13:00

A bark shield made by an indigenous Australian tells the overlooked history of pre-colonial Australia.

 
The impact of Captain Cook's 'discovery' of Australia in 1770
The impact of Captain Cook's 'discovery' of Australia in 1770

Duration: 03:12

Andrew Marr tackles the complex issue of the colonisation of Australia.

 
The importance of the British Empire
The importance of the British Empire

Duration: 03:55

Although the people of the British Empire were quick to fight alongside Britain in World War II, old prejudices remained afterwards.

 
The Opium Wars – China and the British Empire
The Opium Wars – China and the British Empire

Duration: 03:51

Andrew Marr tells the story of Britain's Opium Wars with China

 
The Spanish conquest of South America from 1521 (audio)
The Spanish conquest of South America from 1521 (audio)

Duration: 13:00

The story of the conversion of Mexico to Catholicism under the Spanish conquest is told through a codex map from 1521.

 
Troubles in Kenya
Troubles in Kenya

Duration: 0::50

The values of post World War II Britain are shown as quite different to the Britain that had taken pride in its overseas territories.

 
Was the British Empire a force for good? (pt 1/2)
Was the British Empire a force for good? (pt 1/2)

Duration: 06:15

One example of British rule which might be seen as a success was the modernisation of Hong Kong and its position as a wealthy trading city. However, the present day success masks a darker origin.

 
Was the British Empire a force for good? (pt 2/2)
Was the British Empire a force for good? (pt 2/2)

Duration: 07:09

In the late 19th century the British Empire expanded rapidly in Africa. While some empire builders were motivated by power or wealth, many were motivated by religious beliefs. The most high profile of these missionaries was David Livingstone.

 
What can cricket tell us about the British Empire?
What can cricket tell us about the British Empire?

Duration: 05:52

Sport was an integral part of life in Britain and the love of sport was spread across the Empire. As well as being important in its own right, sport also generated other changes in life in the Empire.

 
What legacy has the British Empire left behind?
What legacy has the British Empire left behind?

Duration: 02:38

The British Empire is too complex to sum up as good or bad. It has had a huge impact on the world and a huge impact on Britain and its people.

 
What was the role of money and trade in the British Empire?
What was the role of money and trade in the British Empire?

Duration: 06:45

The British Empire was founded on money and trade as well as military might. Trade and conquest often went hand in hand. By the end of the 19th century Britain’s banks and other companies were financing a huge proportion of the world’s trade and getting very rich in the process.

 
What were relations like between the rulers and the ruled in the British Empire?
What were relations like between the rulers and the ruled in the British Empire?

Duration: 05:08

Many of the early Empire builders in India adopted the customs and traditions of India and even had families there. Today millions of Indians have some British blood in their veins.

 
Why does the British Empire matter?
Why does the British Empire matter?

Duration: 02:03

Jeremy Paxman introduces the British Empire, describing its huge scale but also the huge impact it had on Britain and the world, and how that impact can still be felt today.

 
Why was India so valuable to the British Empire?
Why was India so valuable to the British Empire?

Duration: 02:43

India had a long tradition of soldiering and the British made effective use of this by bringing Indian troops under the command of British officers. Indian troops were the foundation of British rule and played key roles in both world wars.

 

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