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School of History

HST6747 – Anxieties of Empire: Rumours, Rebellion and the Imperial Imagination

This module explores the flipside to the largely celebratory history of the British Empire.

Module code: HST6747

Credits: 60
Semester: YEAR

Module Convenor: Dr Kim Wagner

This QMUL Model module examines the flip-side to the largely celebratory history of the British Empire. From the establishment of an empire in South Asia to the heyday of the Scramble for Africa, it examines the numerous instances when the illusion of superiority was shattered and colonial power and control imperiled. The module not only provides an overview of challenges to the British Empire, but addresses the deeper implications of such disruptive events on British culture and identity, as well as for the lives of colonized subjects. The module thus provides a thematic introduction to a number of key events during the long nineteenth century, when the colonial state was put on the defensive and the vulnerability that was very much part of the imperialist project was brought to light. This module will make use of a vast array of different types of sources, both primary material, literary accounts and visual representations, to examine those moments when the British Empire revealed its frailty and colonial authority was threatened. By putting together a presentation based on their dissertation research, students consider the impact of communication and public engagement on their discipline, and develop networking skills. 


This module MUST be taken in conjunction with HST6700 History Research Dissertation.

Assessment: Seminar Participation [10%], Presentation Paper (1,500 words) [25%], Essay 1 (3,000 words) [32.5%] and Essay 2 (3,000 words) [32.5%]
Level: 6