History of Britain - Nations & Empire


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7.Rule Britannia

Why did India erupt in rebellion in 1857? And what was the impact of the mutiny on the history of the British Empire? (5.5 mins)

8.Scramble for Africa
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1. Britannia Rules the Waves - but pride comes before a fall.
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2. The story of the Indian Mutiny.
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3. British soul-searching. Why did it happen? Lessons learnt.
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4. The Raj - the jewel in the Imperial crown. But the Mutiny had exposed the fragility of Empire.

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HMS Warrior can be visited in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, and it's well worth a visit. The pride of Queen Victoria's navy, Warrior was the largest, fastest and most powerful ship of the day, and she's simply breathtaking - Pax Britannica at its zenith.


The second half of the module was filmed in Osborne House, Victoria's favourite residence, located on the northern tip of the Isle of Wight - from where the queen would have been able to survey her fleet at anchor.

The house is a bit gaudy for my tastes, but the Durbar Room is astounding.


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