History KS3 / GCSE: Why does the British empire matter?

At its height, Britain ruled over a quarter of the world’s population, from the wilderness of the Arctic, to the sands of Arabia, and the islands of the Caribbean.

But how did the country come to rule over so much land and so many people?

And, what is the Empire’s lasting legacy?

This clip is from the series Empire.

Teacher Notes

After completing a study of the British Empire, students could be asked to think of ways in which the clip could be remade.

Ask the students if they feel it is possible to provide a more accurate account of the effects of Empire on the various colonies.

They should identify which features they would like to keep, which should be removed, and what policies could be adopted instead.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History. This topic appears in KS3, KS4 and GCSE in England and Northern Ireland. Also KS3 in Wales and National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

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