Category Archives: British Empire

Lusitania: A Hundred Years on…

The Lusitania Conspiracy? By Dr Ken Baker View this Author’s Spotlight Paperback, 46 Pages This item has not been rated yet Preview Price: €10.00 Ships in 3–5 business days For one brief shining moment, the Lusitania, a British-built ocean liner, … Continue reading

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Gladstone & The Irish Question

What was Gladstone’s level of success in dealing with the “Irish Question”? He looked at the whole complex of issues in a fresh way and that gave the Irish Catholics hope for the future. Evidence for The disestablishment of the … Continue reading

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WHAT IF? The Corsican Crisis 1768

One of the more fascinating “what ifs” of European history has to be the handling of the Corsican Crisis of 1768-69.

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4 Reasons why Britain conquered the World

Four vital factors in the Rise of Empire Britain developed through a combination of dynastic shifts, strategic trade outposts and aggressive nationalistic policies, expressed through its navy, into a position of world-wide authority (if not supremacy) between the years 1660 … Continue reading

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Charles II: Accidental Architect of Empire?

It can be argued that Charles II was the real architect of the British Empire. Though perhaps, he wasn’t an intentional one

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Counterfactual: Slavery & the American Constitution

Counterfactual History – slavery by Jon Mandle on September 13, 2006 Although the U.S. Constitution of 1787 does not include the word “slavery”, there are five more-or-less direct references to it, and other more indirect references. Article IV, Section 2, … Continue reading

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What if, King George?

I’ve been checking out the “what if” material that’s come out in recent years in counterfactual analysis of history. I must admit to really enjoying it, especially with bright A level students who are just getting into the first flush … Continue reading

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Rise of Empire 1660-1770

6525B – Paper 5B Mark Scheme The Making of the British Empire, c.1660-c.1770 1. How important was Anglo-French rivalry in explaining the expansion of Britain’s overseas Empire in the period c.1660-c.1770? (60) Indicative content The question requires candidates to consider … Continue reading

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The Making of the British Empire

1. Introduction: “The first Empire was built by pirates” (Niall Ferguson)

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Britain and “Abroad”: The Rise of Empire 1660-1688

Foreign and Colonial Policy 1660-1760 Since 1640, Portugal had been fighting a war of independence against Spain after a dynastic union of 60 years between the crowns of Spain and Portugal. Portugal had been helped by France, but in the … Continue reading

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