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HIST373 Empires Colliding: Britain and USA


The twentieth century was a world of colliding empires. As the British Empire declined, its offspring, the United States, rose. These two world powers were often at odds and yet were inextricably intertwined. This subject examines the cultures of these imperial centres and their colonial peripheries. It pays particular attention to the popular cultures and popular politics of empire. Topics may include: slavery and anti-slavery; anti-colonial movements; civil war; gender and adventure fiction; exhibitions and imperial might; sport and informal empire; war and imperialistic jingoism; civil rights campaigns; and, immigration controls at the beginnings and ends of empire. Regions may include: Ireland and UK; USA and Canada; India; Africa; and, Australasia.

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