9 episodes

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.

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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 9: [Special Episode] Roger Casement

    Episode 9: [Special Episode] Roger Casement

    Content Warning: This episode contains graphic references to colonial violence. 

    In this special episode of 'A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire', we invite Professor Gerry Kearns of Maynooth University to provide an important outline on the life of Roger Casement, and the legacy of his work documenting imperial atrocities, challenging British colonial rule and in his efforts to argue and fight for Irish independence.
    The content for this episode is based on a lecture live-streamed on our Facebook page on September 24th, 2020. The information is aimed at a non-specialist audience who is interested in learning more about the legacies of the British Empire.
    This podcast is run by Uncomfortable Oxford a social enterprise run by doctoral students at the University of Oxford that aims to raise awareness and discourse about 'uncomfortable' issues in the modern world.

    • 52 min
    Episode 8: The Inter-war Period

    Episode 8: The Inter-war Period

    This is the first episode of our final module of this series: Unmaking Empire?  The last module begins with a lecture on the Inter-war period, providing a comprehensive look at the historical moment often labelled as the 'height' of the British Empire. Yet, when you look deeper into the structure of the empire in this period, you begin to see the cracks in power that had begun to form across the globe.
    Historian Jan Tattenberg provides an enlightening overview of these cracks, from Irish resistance and Indian independence movements, to the brutal supressions orchestrated by British officials in their attempts to maintain a grasp on their place in the world order.
    The content for this episode is based on a lecture live-streamed on our Facebook page on August 02nd, 2020. The information is aimed at a non-specialist audience who is interested in learning more about the legacies of the British Empire.
    This podcast is run by Uncomfortable Oxford a social enterprise run by doctoral students at the University of Oxford that aims to raise awareness and discourse about 'uncomfortable' issues in the modern world.

    • 48 min
    Episode 7: First World War

    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 imperialism.
    The content for this episode is based on a lecture live-streamed on our Facebook page on July 2nd. The information is aimed at a non-specialist audience who is interested in learning more about the legacies of the British Empire.
    This podcast is run by Uncomfortable Oxford and features bi-weekly releases of our public lecture series on the history of the British Empire. Uncomfortable Oxford is run by Doctoral students at the University of Oxford and aims to raise awareness and discourse about 'uncomfortable' issues in the modern world.

    • 52 min
    Episode 6: Conquest in Africa

    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 highlights the importance of geography and maps in how Europeans historically approached the global south, and questions the generalised narrative often used in discussions about the history of a whole continent. The impact of European competition, imperial concerns, and specific individuals like Cecil Rhodes are covered.
    The content for this episode is based on a public lecture given in a local cafe in the city of Oxford, in March 2020. The information is aimed at a non-specialist audience who is interested in learning more about the legacies of the British Empire.
    This podcast is run by Uncomfortable Oxford and features bi-weekly releases of our public lecture series on the history of the British Empire. Uncomfortable Oxford is run by Doctoral students at the University of Oxford and aims to raise awareness and discourse about 'uncomfortable' issues in the modern world.

    • 43 min
    Episode 5: Conquest in Asia

    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 numerous battles across south and east Asia. The substantial changes brought to ecosystems and economies extended beyond just the Indian Peninsula, affecting all surrounding nations and peoples. The Anglo-Burmese wars, the Opium Wars, and the Great Game are all discussed. It becomes clear that historical divisions introduced by imperial conquest are the basis for many modern tensions we are seeing today, especially in Myanmar, India, and Hong Kong.
    The content for this episode is based on a public lecture given in a local pub in the city of Oxford, in Feburary 2020. The information is aimed at a non-specialist audience who is interested in learning more about the legacies of the British Empire.
    This podcast is run by Uncomfortable Oxford and features bi-weekly releases of our public lecture series on the history of the British Empire. Uncomfortable Oxford is run by Doctoral students at the University of Oxford and aims to raise awareness and discourse about 'uncomfortable' issues in the modern world.

    • 54 min
    Episode 4: The Pacific Ocean

    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 history of settlement across the many island nations in the Pacific Ocean. This episode problematises the legacy of James Cook and memories of 'first encounters' between Indigenous peoples across the Pacific and European colonisers. It finishes with a brief discussion of decolonisation and modern impact of European control.
    The content for this episode is based on a public lecture given in a local pub in the city of Oxford, back in December 2019. The information is aimed at a non-specialist audience who is interested in learning more about the legacies of the British Empire.
    This podcast is run by Uncomfortable Oxford and features bi-weekly releases of our public lecture series on the history of the British Empire. Uncomfortable Oxford is run by Doctoral students at the University of Oxford and aims to raise awareness and discourse about 'uncomfortable' issues in the modern world. 

    • 29 min

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