This podcast series is brought to you by Uncomfortable Oxford, a student initiative run by doctoral students at the University of Oxford. With the goal of providing "A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire," talks are given by doctoral students in history. They are meant for a non specialist audience, but we provide suggested readings if you want to learn more! An audioscript for each episode is also available on our website at: https://www.uncomfortableoxford.co.uk/podcasts The perfect resource for schools, teachers, and interested listeners who simply want to expand their general knowledge of the history of the British Empire.
Episode 7: First World War
We conclude our second module of the lecture series with a detailed overview of British Imperialism during the First World War.Historian Dr Jack Doyle takes you through the history of anti-colonial rebellion, white nationhood, and 20th-century...
Episode 6: Conquest in Africa
We begin our second module of the lecture series with a detailed overview of British conquest in Asia.Historian Harriet Aldrich takes you through the history of British interaction with the African continent from the 1600s to the First World War. She...
Episode 5: Conquest in Asia
We begin our second module of the lecture series with a detailed overview of British conquest in Asia.Historian Urvi Khaitan provides a discussion of the establishment of the British Raj after the revolt of 1857 and how British trade concerns led to...
Episode 4: The Pacific Ocean
Our first module of the lecture series is complete with the release of our fourth episode, focussing on the Pacific Ocean.Historian Sean Philips talks about the development of a pan-pacific region in European thought, juxtaposing it with the long...
Episode 3: The Indian Ocean
Today we are excited to release the third episode of A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire, highlighting colonisation in the Indian Ocean.Historian Olivia Durand takes a longer view of the concept of 'exploration', explaining how the Indian...
Episode 2: The Atlantic Ocean
Join us for our second episode of A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire, highlighting British colonisation in the Atlantic Ocean.Historian Paula Larsson outlines the British settlement of Ireland, North America, and the Caribbean from the...
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Very interesting and informative
It’s a very interesting and informative podcast about the formation and maintenance of the British Empire. Sometimes the concepts discussed are quite academic in wording, which can make following it a little challenging if you aren’t used to that kind of language. The summaries about concepts are helpful, but language that is a bit more accessible would make this podcast even better.